Storm knocks out power to thousands, damages neighborhood

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Storm knocks out power to thousands, damages neighborhood

KETTERING — A storm that tore through the region Friday night and early Saturday left hundreds of customers without power and ripped through a Kettering neighborhood, where trees were torn from their roots and several homes were damaged.

At its height, the storm knocked out power to as many as 580 residents in Preble County. According to DP&L, about 150 customers in Montgomery County also lost power, along with more than 50 in Greene County. In all, as many as 5,000 customers were impacted by the storm, according to Kevin Hall, a DP&L spokesman.

Most customers lost power due to blown fuses from lightning, but some transformers were also damaged, Hall said. Power had been restored to all but about 100 customers by Saturday afternoon.

But one Kettering neighborhood may take longer to recover.

Sue Clagg, a Kettering resident whose was home when the storm struck, said it was like something from a movie.

“It looked like branches were swirling out of the air,” she said. “I immediately thought of ‘The Wizard of Oz.”

The storm struck particularly hard in an area that included Eureka Drive, Circle View Drive and Dexter Avenue, just off Wilmington Pike.

Ronald Bradford, who lives in the 1100 block of Dexter, was sleeping on his couch when a tree from across the street was torn from its roots, collapsing the roof of his 2000 Chevy Blazer. The storm sounded like a bomb going off, he said.

“We heard the alarm go off on the truck and I’m thinking, ‘Where’s the truck at?’” Bradford said. “Here it was under the tree.”

The storm blew the a rocking chair off Marissa Andrews’ deck, destroyed her potted plants and left debris scattered throughout her yard.

“It shredded all my flowers and broke all my pots,” said Andrews, who lives in the 1200 block of Eureka.

Two tall pines trees toppled onto the deck and rested on top of two vehicles in front of a home on Hampton Road. Nancy Miro, who lives there with her family, said she was thankful no one was injured.

“It sounded like a train or a jet engine coming up along the side of the house,” Miro said.

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