MIAMI COUNTY – High winds swept across the area on Saturday afternoon causing widespread damage.
Reports of poles, wires, and trees down, with resulting power outages had area fire departments and law enforcement agencies overwhelmed with calls for service.
Along with high winds, snow squalls reduced visibility to near zero in places.
Tara Hastings, from our news partners at WDTN, said that maximum wind gusts during the storm reached 63 miles per hour in Dayton and a gust of 65 miles per hour was recorded in Darke County.
Some of the most significant damage in the northern portion of Miami County included heavy damage to a storage barn at Skinner Painting on U.S. 36 just west of Piqua and a line of Dayton Power and Light power poles knocked down along Experiment Farm Road, stretching from near Farrington Road to near Eldean Road.
Calls went out to all area volunteer fire departments to man their stations in order to assist with the high volume of calls for service.
The Miami County 911 dispatch center was, for a time, unable to place an outgoing call to contact power companies, and others, due to the high volume of incoming calls.
Crews from Dayton Power and Light and Pioneer Electric are continuing to work into the evening to repair damage and restore power to customers.
No injuries have been reported.
Volunteer fire departments were released to go back to normal operations shortly before 8 p.m.
Motorists are urged to use caution if they must travel this evening. Several roads remain closed as storm damage cleanup continues.