PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) – Paulding County Commissioners have declared a state of emergency due to extensive power outages throughout the county.
Emergency management officials said at 4:30 Thursday afternoon, an isolated storm hit the northern part of Emerald Township, east of the village of Cecil. The storm spawned an unconfirmed EF0 tornado, according to emergency officials. A 1 ½ mile swath of damage cut through Township Road 123 to Township Road 139 north of Township Road 224.
The Cecil electrical substation has been knocked offline.
In addition, two cells of straight line winds hit an area one mile west of the village of Haviland. Power lines are down and several structures were damaged.
No injuries have been reported.
Van Wert County EMA Director Rick McCoy and Paulding County EMA Director Ed Bohn conducted a survey in an attempt to see if it was tornado damage or thunderstorm wind damage. The National Weather Service has not confirmed a tornado hit the area and is expected to send a damage assessment team to Paulding County Friday.
Between AEP Ohio and Paulding Putnam Electric, outages peaked at around 3,400 in both Paulding and Van Wert counties.
Shortly before midnight Friday, Paulding Putnam reported no outages in either county. AEP Ohio reported 454 outages in Paulding County and 286 in Van Wert County.
Restoration times are unknown, but emergency officials said outages could last several days.
Residents are asked to report storm damages to the Paulding County EMA by calling 419-399-3500.