PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WCMH) — Saturday’s strong winds and rain resulted in some significant damage to portions of central Ohio both north and south of Columbus.
In Portsmouth, the steeple of the Evangelical United Church of Christ was toppled, with the debris landing on the roof of the church.
(Photos courtesy of Christie Cowen)
On Facebook, the church said it is working to discover the extent of the damage and called the event “heartbreaking.”
Meanwhile, the weather took its toll on some powerlines along State Route 95.
SR-95 was closed between Marion-Williamsport Road and Campbell Road for the downed lines.
In Columbus, a tree in an east side neighborhood fell on to a shed.
It was only a few streets over from resident Nicole Wolford.
“He said he heard a big boom and then all the power went out and I was sitting in my room and everything shut off,” she said.
It was around 1 p.m. Saturday when the power went out. Hours later, since she was still in the dark, she went out to her car to charge her phone.
“Just trying to make the best of it,” she said.
NBC 4 also checked on the Scioto River in Prospect, which is prone to flooding.
However, as of Saturday evening, there weren’t any issues.
“It floods north of town on 203,” said resident Thomas Brown. “It always floods and right here by the cemetery, it always floods.”
While it was a rainy day, people like Wolford who lost power are just glad it wasn’t a bitter cold one, too.
“I would not be here right now,” she said. “I would be at a family member’s house with heat because it would be so awful. So, just thankfully, the weather is kind of warm. It’s rainy, but it could be a lot worse.”
At last check, only eight customers in Franklin County were without power, according to AEP’s outage map. Across the state, that number was 3,500. However, the wind overnight could change that by morning.