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Storms, High Winds Knock Out Power to Over Three Quarters of a Million Customers; Falling Tree Kills Woman

Published in 16 November, 2020

At a Glance

  • A strong cold front drives through the Midwest and Northeast.

  • A falling tree killed a woman in Ohio.

More than three-quarters of a million homes and businesses were left without electricity Sunday when strong winds and severe thunderstorms blasted through the Midwest and into the East.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said a 63-year-old woman was killed about 12:50 p.m. Sunday in Harrison Township, Ohio, when she was hit by a falling tree, The Associated Press reported.

Ohio had more than 336,000 outages and Michigan reported 233,000 customers without power as of about 6 p.m. Sunday, according to poweroutage.us. Pennsylvania reported more than 100,000 outages. Altogether, more than 792,000 customers from Illinois to New York lost power.

The high winds were being whipped up as a vigorous jet-stream disturbance drove a strong cold front through the Midwest and Northeast, according to weather.com meteorologists.

Gusts as high as 79 mph were measured just off the Lake Erie shoreline near Lorain, Ohio. Chicago’s Midway Airport measured a gust to 69 mph just before noon Sunday. Gusts over 50 mph were common across the Midwest.

More than 100 reports of wind damage were received by National Weather Service offices since early Sunday morning in the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Northeast.

A roof was blown off a building in Newark, Ohio, causing the back of the building to partially collapse, WBNS reported.

The Cincinnati Fire Department said high winds caused two barges to come loose on the Ohio River near Anderson Ferry.

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Trees fell into houses or into streets in many towns and cities across the region.

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