Thousands in Ohio without power after high winds

Tens of thousands of utility customers were without power across Ohio after heavy winds from an unusually large and strong late-season storm system rolled through the state Sunday night.

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Emergency crews survey the damage to a house, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Jerry City, Ohio. The house collapsed due to a line of strong storms that wreaked havoc throughout Wood County Sunday evening. Two victims reportedly were injured and taken to Wood County Hospital. (AP Photo/Sentinel-Tribune, J.D. Pooley)

Utilities were working to restore power to more than 71,000 customers early Monday after downed power lines caused by the heavy winds knocked out electricity. It wasn't known when all of the service would be restored.

"We do have crews out tonight working to restore services, working to repair safety hazards such as wires down and issues like that," said Carey Sullivan, a spokeswoman for AEP Ohio.

Nearly 20,000 AEP Ohio customers were without power early Monday. First Energy reported more than 42,000 outages and Duke Energy reported about 9,800 outages.

A statewide tornado watch was cancelled after the serious storms moved out of Ohio by 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. Tornado warnings had been issued and then repealed in counties across the state for much of the night. There were no confirmed reports of tornadoes in Ohio Sunday night and winds gusted to 66 mph, the weather service said.

Wood County, in the northwestern part of the state, was among the hardest hit areas, with multiple reports of damage to the roofs of buildings and homes. Two people suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for evaluation after their home sustained substantial damage in Jerry City, about 10 miles southeast of Bowling Green, said Wood County Director of Emergency Management Brad Gilbert.

The storm ripped through several states in the Midwest Sunday, spawning tornadoes and tearing through homes and overturning cars along its path. Heavy afternoon rains soaked football fans in Cincinnati where the Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns and some pre-game activities outside the stadium had to be canceled because of the forecast.

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