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The Suburbanite
  • Storms down trees, knock out power throughout Stark

  • Thousands of homes in Stark County remained with out power Wednesday after a Tuesday evening storm toppled trees onto power lines and closed highways.

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  • More rain is expected Thursday as many in Stark County continue clean-up efforts in the wake of recent thunderstorms.
    An inch of rainfall fell Tuesday with another 0.39 of an inch through 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Kristen Yeager, meteorologist with National Weather Service’s Cleveland office.
    The normal monthly rainfall total for June is 3.83 inches.
    Stark had already recorded a 3.81 inches this month before Tuesday, she said. The total monthly rainfall as of  Wednesday afternoon stood at 5.2 inches.
    “You’re 1.37 inches above the monthly normal, and there are likely more showers and thunderstorms coming ...” she said.
    The weather service’s website listed an 90 percent chance of thunderstorms Thursday. The rain remains in the forecast daily through the middle of next week.
    TUESDAY NIGHT STORM
    No serious injuries were reported from Tuesday’s storm.
    Tim Warstler, Stark County Emergency Management Agency director, said no flooding was reported, but there was damage in areas hit with powerful winds and power outages at several thousand homes throughout Stark County. Power was restored to most areas on Wednesday.
    While the strength of the winds that blew through Canton was not listed on the weather service website, Warstler said that a weather service scale shows wind gusts had to be between 55 and 75 mph “because that’s when you start to see large limbs break, damage to antennas and awnings and that sort of thing. We usually have to get over 55 mph winds to see that kind of damage.”
    HARDEST HIT AREAS
    Canton firefighters responded to 85 calls for help between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday, 50 of which were storm-related calls that came in between 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, said Battalion Chief Jeff Magee.
    Magee said the areas hardest hit seemed to be those near 17th Street and Logan Avenue NW and the Nimisilla Park at 10th Street and O’Jays Parkway NE.
    Firefighters were called to a several houses hit by trees, but they had to find a temporary residence for residents of a Scoville Avenue SW home after a tree fell on it, sheering off the front of the house, Magee said.
    Firefighters called American Red Cross volunteers to find another temporary home for an elderly, wheelchair-bound couple from a home on Superior Avenue NE due to their concerns with fire hazards after power lines were ripped from their home.
    “As this (storm) escalated, Chief (Stephen) Rich brought in more firefighters to man more vehicles and set up an Emergency Operations Center at Station 4,” Magee said. Station 4 is at 25th Street and Cleveland Avenue NW. That center was open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, “during the height of the storm and the calls we received,” he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The storm also crushed a pavilion at Nimisilla Park. At least a dozen trees were downed and O’Jays Parkway was closed by two fallen trees south of Ira Turpin Way NE. The entrance to the park at 12th and Mahoning is also blocked by fallen trees.
    Derek Gordon, Canton park director, said in a news release that the park would be closed until further notice as a result of the storm.
    The storm also blew down a wall attached to Slates Body & Equipment Co. at 1408 Sixth St. NE in Canton. The wall is about 200 feet long.
    “I couldn’t believe it, that the wind was that strong,” said owner Ted Slates, adding that he was happy no one was hurt.
    Reach Lori at 330-580-8309 or
    lori.monsewicz@cantonrep.com.
    On Twitter: @lmonsewiczREP

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