An oak tree went through the roof of a home on Marks Road in Brunswick Hills Township on Sunday evening. Fire Chief Anthony Strazzo said crews responded to more than 35 storm-related calls Sunday and were following up calls Monday.
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Liverpool Township Trustee Jim Crocker said he had just started milking cows on his farm about 6 p.m. Sunday when a storm accompanied by high winds swept through the area.
“Everything was rattling,” Crocker said. “But it was dark, so you couldn’t see a cloud.”
Several northern Medina County residents reported downed trees and debris on homes and in the roadways, loss of power and wires down. The affected areas included Brunswick city, Liverpool, Hinckley, Brunswick Hills, Granger and Medina townships.
“The northern tier of Medina County got hit very hard,” said Marty Mullen of the National Weather Service in Cleveland. “Based on the straight-line winds and microburst damage we’re seeing, we estimate winds were 60 miles an hour or more.”
Ohio Edison/FirstEnergy Corp. spokesman Chris Eck said more than 10,000 county residents, including Crocker, were left without power for most of the evening, and about 1,191 customers still did not have power Monday night. By Tuesday morning, that number had dropped to 367.
“What has happened is a lot of widespread tree damage due to high winds and rain, and fixing that is more time consuming because crews might have 1,000 repair locations to visit,” Eck explained. “This type of work is more tedious and time-consuming.”
Eck said he was unaware of serious damage to any substations, but noted that electric transformers and feeders that are assigned to a substation and service thousands of people would cause widespread damage.
“Hard, straight-line winds are what cause this sort of damage,” he said.
In Liverpool Township, Crocker said he helped clean up several trees that were blocking township roads, including Myrtle Hill, Sleepy Hollow, Grafton, Station and Columbia roads.
“It was pretty wicked last night,” he said. “I think the township all pitched in and everything was cleaned up.”
Crocker said some of his barns sustained structural damage, including one that lost its roof.
“My cows are looking at the stars tonight,” he said.
In Brunswick, residents like Sandy Barnosky were dealing with no electricity Monday and a massive cleanup job at her property at the corner of North Carpenter Road and Jerrold Boulevard.
“Five of my 50-foot pine trees in my back yard were sheared off,” she said. “They are about 10 feet tall.”
Barnosky said it looks like someone came through with a chain saw and cut off the tops of the trees.
“It’s a mess back there,” she said. “They were big, mature trees.”
She’s grateful some of the trees didn’t fall on her house.
Barnosky said she’s going to purchase some candles since her electricity could be out for a few days. She also doesn’t have hot water, so taking showers are out of the question. She is also without WiFi.
“I have no access to any news,” she said.
Brunswick City Manager Carl DeForest said police crews fielded more than 300 storm-related calls in a six-hour period Sunday. He noted most of the damage occurred in Wards 1 and 3.
Brunswick Assistant Fire Chief Rick Barber said the fire department responded to about 40 calls Sunday. He reported about 50 wires down or trees that had fallen on wires and four structures damaged.
Damage and power outages caused Brunswick Schools Superintendent Michael Mayell to cancel classes Monday. District buildings will be open Tuesday, but students will not be in session because of parent-teacher conferences.
“We had good crews, extra police, firefighters and dispatchers to handle the surge of calls and kept tabs through the course of the evening,” DeForest said. “The service department (Monday) is currently dealing with emergency removal of downed trees in roadways and waterways. We will reinstitute branch chipping (today), as residents are requesting that.”
More than 3,000 Brunswick residents did not have power Monday, according to Ohio Edison/
“We are working diligently and hand-in-hand with Ohio Edison to restore power in the area,” DeForest said. “Power is coming back on as they get transformers fixed. However, we will have the recreation center open as emergency shelter open if families need to relocate.”
American Red Cross crews were at the recreation center Monday to provide relief-services to residents.
Brunswick Hills Township Fire Chief Anthony Strazzo said his department responded to more than 35 calls Sunday evening and worked throughout the night. He said a residence on Marks Road had an oak tree fall through the roof and into a bedroom.
“We’re still out and about as people in the light are finding wires or trees are down or things wrong with their house,” Strazzo said.
The Medina County Engineer’s Office reported Monday that several county roads were closed due to storm damage, including:
- Granger Road, between state Route 3 and Bagdad Road, Medina Township;
- 6427 Stony Hill Road, Hinckley Township;
- Stony Hill Road at Mattingly Road, Hinckley Township;
- Boston Road, west of state Route 94, Hinckley Township;
- Wilbur Road at the Interstate 271 bridge, Granger Township.
Strazzo advised residence to prepare for these incidents.
“Have disaster kit available with medications, water and food so people can provide themselves for 24 to 48 hours,” he said.
Barber also encouraged people to prepare.
“Use backup generators, make sure you have a couple days of food and water, and a lot of flashlights with charged batteries. Try not to use candles.”
Reporter Bob Finnan contributed to this story. Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.