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Storms Sock Region

June 13, 2013

Staff photo/Janice Barniak: Jim Teeters points to a tree that fell on his house along Ohio 219 near New Knoxville during the storm. Teeters said the tree fell on the roof near where his grandchildren were sleeping.

ST. MARYS — A fasting-moving storm system toppled trees, downed power lines and destroyed buildings in the eastern portion of Auglaize County Wednesday night and into this morning.

Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson said the storms rolled into the area packing winds up to 60 mph. The National Weather Service issued multiple watches and warnings throughout the day —  something Anderson said gave residents plenty of time to plan ahead for the storm.

New Knoxville got hit hard by the storm. Neil Armstrong Airport sustained damage and Anderson said there was a mile stretch of Ohio 219 that had numerous buildings damaged by the winds.

Anderson said he cannot confirm a tornado touched down in Auglaize County at this time.

St. Marys Interim Safety-Service Director Greg Foxhoven said there were no power outages within the city limits during the storm. However, four poles outside the city broke — three of which feed the New Knoxville area and one that feeds the Tri Township area.

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