This street light on East Fourth Street in Marysville showed damage from wind gusts in the area early this morning. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson)
Several street signs and traffic signals were damaged during this morning’s wind storm. Above, Duane Lord, of the Marysville Streets Department, works to repair the damaged traffic light at the intersection of Charles Lane and Delaware Avenue. (Journal-Tribune photo by Kevin Behrens)
Officials said Union County came through this morning’s wind storm relatively unscathed.
“I know there are some trees and I am sure there are some roofs missing shingles, but I haven’t heard of anything big, no structures,” said Brad Gilbert, director of the Union County Emergency Management Agency. “That’s surprising, because the wind was really blowing.”
He added that lots of trash cans, patio furniture, signs and other items outside were blown around, but did not cause any real damage that he knew of at the time.
Gilbert said he has reports of wind speeds reaching 65 miles per hour and has reached out to local weather stations for additional information.
The National Weather Service’s high wind warning expired this morning at 10 a.m.
According to information from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, portions of Hoover Bault Road and Route 245 were each closed this morning due to multiple trees in the roadway. Chief Deputy Tom Morgan, with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, said starting about 3 a.m., the office began getting reports of wind damage. He said there are multiple roads with debris or missing and damaged signs.
“We have had quite a few trees down and quite a few road issues,” Morgan said.
He said there are some power lines down also.
Morgan said the Union County Engineer’s Office is attending to the roads and “taking the issues as we can.”
Jeremy Hoyt, public service director for the City of Marysville, said the city also avoided any major issues. He said a traffic signal was damaged and a street light on Fourth Street is downed, but “everything seems to be going well.”
Hoyt said the street department will have the traffic signal at Charles Lane and Delaware Avenue repaired this morning. He said Miami Valley Lighting, not the city, maintains the street lights.
Morgan said it is not known if weather played a role in starting a barn fire in the 20000 block of Route 161 this morning, though he did acknowledge that fighting fire can be complicated by high winds.