For The Intelligencer
It could be Thursday evening before all local customers have their power restored following Sunday’s major wind storm, Appalachian Power officials said Monday.
As of Monday evening, nearly 2,500 Ohio County residents remained without power, and another 1,700 were without electricity in Marshall County.
“The combination of high winds, along with moisture-saturated soil from prolonged rainfall, led to downed trees and debris, broken poles and cross arms. There were outages to 13 substations and 58 circuits as a result of the high winds. It was part of a strong weather system that affected multiple states and large population centers from Illinois to the East Coast,” a statement from Appalachian Power stated.
Appalachian Power said about 2,000 employees and contractors are working to assess damage, clear safety hazards and repair damage on outages across West Virginia.
In Ohio, American Electric Power said between 1,000 and 2,500 people still were without power late Monday in each of the counties of Belmont, Harrison, Jefferson and Monroe.
While much of the wind storm occurred overnight Sunday, a wind gust Monday morning broke a utility pole on Fifth Street near East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry.
This caused large telephone and cable TV lines to fall down across the road and parking lots, striking some parked vehicles in the hospital’s lot.
“The wind snapped it,” Hospital security guard George Snyder said of the line. “We pulled the lines off the cars and let them drive away.”
No one was injured. A section of the road was closed for a few hours.
In Shadyside, there was a report of a roof coming off storage units in the village. OR&W Fire District firefighter/paramedic Bill Morgan said the storage building is located across from the fire station on Central Avenue. The structure has been there for decades, he added.
“It looks like the roof slid off the front of it,” Morgan said.
Men with Melanko Construction working at the scene of the units Monday afternoon already had repaired much of the damage to the units’ roofs.
Also in Shadyside, roofs on two of dugouts at a ballfield in the village collapsed during the wind storm.
Becky Horne, executive administrative assistant for the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency, said the EMA had not received many reports of structure damage. But those who are without electric may need to use an emergency warming shelter. She said they should call ahead for help and to make sure the shelter has electricity.
Warming shelters include:
Bannock United Methodist Church, Ohio 331, Bannock: 740-968-3081 or 740-310-1692;
Barnesville Methodist Church, 230 W. Main Street, Barnesville: 740-238-2116;
Barton Social Hall, 52067 Church St., Barton: 740-296-9708;
Bellaire Salvation Army, 315 37th Street, Bellaire: 740-676-6225;
Spirit of 76 Fire Department, 53890 Key-Bellaire Road, Bellaire: 740-676-7676;
Bethesda Village Community Room, 103 S. Main Street, Bethesda: 740-582-1888;
Sunset Heights Fire Department, 69604 Sunset Heights, Bridgeport: 740-325-8528;
Smith Township Fire Department, Centerville: 740-310-0944;
Colerain Fire Co. Social Hall, 72559 Colerain Street/U.S. 250, Colerain: 740-699-0425;
Flushing Fire Dept., 104 E. High Street, Flushing: 740-310-1964;
Lafferty Fire Dept., 70191 Irwin Street, Lafferty: 740-968-3016 or 740-310-0901;
Grace Presbyterian Church, 7 North Fourth Street, Martins Ferry: 740-359-1813;
Maynard United Methodist Church, 71480 Hall Street, Maynard: 740-968-3081 or 740-310-1692;
Sacred Heart Church, 54038 St. Marys Avenue, Neffs: 740-317-4935;
Church of the Nazarene, 100 Ohio 7 South, Powhatan Point: 740-472-4105;
Cumberland Trail Fire Department, 142 S. Marietta Street, St. Clairsville: 740-695-5147;
Village of Shadyside Community Center, 50 E. 39th Street, Shadyside: (Door is open);
Somerton Fire Department, 55717 Washington Street, Somerton: 740-391-9060; and
Yorkville United Methodist Church, 121 Third Street, Yorkville: 740-859-3013.