High winds lead to road closings, damage, outages

South Charleston (Courtsey: Amber Levalley)

CINCINNATI (AP) — High winds have downed trees and power lines across Ohio, damaging homes and vehicles and leaving tens of thousands of residents without power.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning in the area until 8 p.m. Sunday, followed by a high wind advisory until 11 p.m. Freezing temperatures were also forecast. Meteorologists said winds were gusting at between 50 and 60 miles per hour.

Duke Energy’s website reported nearly 16,000 customers without power in southwest Ohio counties, including Hamilton. Another 5,000 AEP customers were affected.

Media outlets reported Interstate 75 near Cincinnati was closed then re-opened due to obstacles on the road and homes and vehicles were damaged by falling limbs, trees or wires. At least one house fire was also attributed to a downed power line.

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