YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The cleanup began Tuesday after storms blew through the Valley Monday, but it may be another day or two before the mess is completely cleaned up.
At the height of Monday’s thunderstorm, a large tree was uprooted and fell along College Street in Poland across from Poland Middle School, knocking down power lines before smashing a Mercedes parked in front of the school. Neighbors there have not had electric service since then.
“Yeah, no power at all. Luckily, it was not a bad night, nice today, so there are worse things in the world not to have your phones and computers for a little bit. Been off the grid and I don’t mind it for right now,” Anthony D’Apolito said.
D’Apolito said he and his family often park their own cars in front of the school.
“Usually we will park in that spot. And for whatever reason, we didn’t last night. I came out and they told me that the car was destroyed, but it was not my car. I felt bad for the person. But no one got hurt, everybody is OK,” he said.
While damage appeared to be confined to that neighborhood, residents have been without power since last evening and they said it may remain out for a while longer.
Ironically, this same neighborhood was hit by Mother Nature last fall when high winds knocked down another tree around the corner and the area lost electricity for several days.
Ohio Edison said there were 263 customers in Trumbull County without power as of 3 p.m., while Columbiana County had 211 customers still without power. Mahoning County still had 234 customers without power as of 3 p.m. Crews are working to restore electricity, but Ohio Edison said it could be at least 7 p.m. Tuesday before everyone is restored.
Penn Power reported 7 customers in Lawrence County and 247 customers in Mercer County still without power as of 3 p.m.
The storm also left quite a bit of work for local municipal workers on Tuesday. There were a number of spots on Youngstown’s south side near Mill Creek Park where broken tree limbs and utility lines closed roads off Glenwood Avenue.
Overnight, crews had to deal with road closings in the park, including the area north of the Mill Creek Golf Course.