TIPP CITY — A line of strong thunderstorms that moved through Miami County early Friday morning left a path of damage in the Tipp City area.
The storms struck between 2-3 a.m., bringing heavy rain, lightning and strong winds.
The storms struck around 2:50 a.m. according to Tipp City Fire/EMS Chief Cameron Haller.
“We got a call of a tree into a house.” Haller said. “Crews responded, fire, EMS, and police, to where a tree had fallen and stuck a house in the Manchester neighborhood.”
The home took the brunt of the impact, but two residents who were home were also hit. Both were taken to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Haller said that the storm knocked out power to a portion of Tipp City.
North of Main Street, West of Hyatt and East of the Interstate, said Haller, in the Manchester and Indian Village neighborhoods all were without power.
As power crews from Tipp City went to work restoring power, additional manpower and equipment was being brought in from Piqua Power and Dayton Power and Light.
Power to all Tipp City Schools was knocked out, which necessitated officials to cancel Friday classes.
Haller said that Miami County Emergency Management Agency and American Red Cross were both on the scene to help out where needed and to care for victims.
Two or three homes were damaged to the extent the Haller called them “unlivable for the time being.” Many other homes sustained damage to siding, decorative trim, shingles, fences, and a variety of miscellaneous items.
Tippecanoe baseball and softball fields, near L.T. Ball Middle School, sustained wind damage. Other areas of town saw minor damage such as trash cans blown away and shingles off roofs.
Assisting Tipp City Fire and EMS were the Miami County EMA, Troy Fire Department, Vandalia Fire Department, and Elizabeth Township Fire Department.
Electric line crews responded from Tipp City, Piqua, and DP&L. Haller reminded community members to always stay clear of downed power lines an d treat them as energized until a certified crew has the ability to determine otherwise.
All crews were released without incident.
No injuries were reported by staff or emergency crews.
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