Storms result in area power outages

The storms that rolled through the Tri-State Area late Tuesday night and this morning left many area residents without power, but electricity had been restored for most customers early today, according to utility company officials.

Allen Staggers, spokesman for MonPower, said trees falling on power lines disrupted power to about 260 customers on Pennsylvania Avenue and adjacent streets in Weirton from about 6:30 p.m. to 8:49 p.m., and about 150 customers Brooke County customers from about 6:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Staggers said early today there could be scattered customers still without power.

Carman Prati-Miller, spokewoman for American Electric Power, said as many as 3,000 customers in Jefferson and Harrison counties were without power at about 4 a.m.

She said crews were working through the night and into the morning to restore service, with about 800 customers in the two counties still without power early today.

Prati-Miller said many of the outages were in the Cadiz and Wintersville areas.

Lee Hendricks, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, said there’s a 70 percent to 80 percent chance of rain through today and Thursday, with the chance dropping to 30 percent to 40 percent for the period running Friday night and through Tuesday.

He cautioned that another front, one that could produce more rain, could move into the area this weekend.

The good news is the high humidity our region has been experiencing is expected to drop after today, Hendicks said.

He said the storm produced higher than average rainfall, ranging from 1.75 inches to 3.25 inches in Eastern Ohio.

Parts of Steubenville received 1.8 to about 2 inches of rainfall, depending on the terrain, while New Cumberland received 1.66 inches and the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport, near Brooke County’s southern border, received 2.33 inches.

Toronto Police were called to the First Presbyterian Church at about midnight after bricks fell from the parapet. It’s not clear if the incident was weather-related.

Police closed a section of the street where the bricks had fallen.

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