MEIGS COUNTY — The old saying goes that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.
Well if that holds true, the end of March should be a calm one as March 1 saw several hours of severe weather.
At one point on Wednesday morning, Meigs County was under a severe thunderstorm warning, tornado warning and flash flood warning.
Periods of high winds brought down trees and knocked out power, while heavy rain caused flooding on area roads, as well as the closure of Meigs Local Schools early Wednesday morning.
Meigs County Emergency Management Agency Director Jamie Jones said a National Weather Service survey team was to be in Meigs County on Wednesday afternoon to access the possible damage from the severe storms that moved through the area on Wednesday morning.
Jones told the Sentinel that the team would be looking for potential damage on the east side of the county where the storm tracked among other damage.
Jones said that specific reports had not been received on damage in the eastern portion of the county, but those with damage to structures from wind or storms in that or any area of the county should contact the EMA office.
One of the alerts sent out just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday indicated a cell in the Salem Center area which produced up to 70 MPH winds.
Jones stated that in speaking with the Salem Twp. Fire Chief he indicated that there was a dark cloud in the Montgomery Road area but it did not touch down in the area he was in, although there were gusty winds.
There were reports of trees down in the Harrisonville area, as well as flooding throughout the county.
Jones said that the schools (which were in session) followed steps that were put in place and that once the threat had passed the schools were notified and given the all clear.
Power outages were also reported in the region with around 250 AEP customers in Langsville and Dexter areas without power on Wednesday, as well as approximately 1,223 customers in the Pomeroy and Syracuse area.The power outage led to the closure of the Meigs County Courthouse, as well as other area offices and businesses.
Many areas had power restored by late Wednesday afternoon.
A representative from AEP stated that the damage was due to trees falling on lines and damaging equipment, also causing wires to come down.
Flooding was also causing access issues in portions of the region.
As a way to stay up to date on all of the potential severe weather warnings, residents can sign up from the CodeRED system which sends out emergency alerts.
The link to sign up can be found on the Meigs County Emergency Management Agency Facebook page or at https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/21CD35D316F2
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