DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The rain has moved out of the Miami Valley but the winds continue to blow Friday morning. Here is the latest information:
UPDATE: 9:00 PM: Over 1,000 customers are still without power nearly 24 hours after a high winds warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the region. AES Ohio reported around 23,000 Ohioans lost power around 4 a.m. and have been working since to restore electricity to those affected.
UPDATE: 5:00 PM: Friday morning, around 1 a.m., James Retherford and his family were woken up by the sound of a tree falling through their home. Retherford said the only thing that saved them was a neighbors shed, which the tree came to rest on.
UPDATE: 1:00 PM: AES Ohio crews are still working to restore power to customers after winds caused problems Friday morning. More than 25,000 customers were in the dark at 6:30 a.m. and as of 10:50 a.m. that number is under 5,000.
UPDATE 8:50 AM: The High Wind Warning that had been issued for the Miami Valley has now been canceled for all counties.
Earlier Friday, a tree fell on a house on Lido Place in Dayton.
UPDATE 7:54 AM: Friday morning’s high winds caused damage to homes as well.
UPDATE: 6:54 AM: The High Wind Warning has expired for counties in the eastern part of the Miami Valley but much of the region remains under the warning.
Trees are down across the Miami Valley, including one in Jefferson Township. The Jefferson Township Fire Chief told 2 NEWS the tree fell into the wires and sparked a small fire. The fire was put out but the area will be without power for some time.
UPDATE: 5:22 AM: A tree on Rambling Wood Lane at Clyo Road in Centerville is leaning onto power lines in the area. As you can see in the photo, power is still on in that area.
UPDATE: 4:33 AM: Police have Social Row Road blocked in Washington Township as a power line in lying across the roadway. AES Ohio reports more than 16,000 customers are without power Friday morning.
Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik said winds will continue to gust up to 60 mph until 6 or 7 Friday morning. The rest of the day will be breezy and mostly cloudy with cooler temps than Thursday. The high will be around 55 degrees.
As of 4:30 a.m., AES Ohio reported more than 16,000 outages as winds continue to wreak havoc on power lines. That number jumped from 5,500 in the early morning hours.
2:36 AM UPDATE: A tree fell onto the roadway of the 500 block of Linden Ave. around 1 a.m. Traffic was light in the area at the time and Miamisburg city crews arrived to clear the debris out of the roadway around 2 a.m.