Lightning strikes, squirrel affect electric service


Lightning strikes and a wayward squirrel caused power outages over the weekend affecting more than 2,600 customers.

Dayton Power & Light Co. reports they had a trip incident at 3:10 a.m. Saturday in which power was knocked off and then restored right away. It affected 1,838 customers in the Bellefontaine and Zanesfield areas.

Rick Petty, president and general manager of Logan County Electric Cooperative, said a lightning strike at 1 a.m. Saturday interrupted power to 832 co-op members. Within one hour and 50 minutes, crews had restored power from the major outage.

Two other co-op members were affected by a second isolated strike.

Later Saturday, a squirrel got into a DP&L power line in Russells Point, causing an outage that affected 62 customers between 7:20 and 9:30 a.m.

Storms started rolling Friday afternoon and continued through the weekend.

Wayne Wickerham, a weather watcher north of Huntsville, recorded 2.57 inches of rain over the weekend, while the Bellefontaine Wastewater Treatment Plant had 1.83 inches.

Mr. Wickerham said there were strong winds in his area but no other phenomena.

In the city, Bellefontaine firefighters were dispatched at 5:33 p.m. Saturday to the 2100 block of south Main Street on a report of a funnel cloud. They could not confirm the sighting.