On June 29th 2012, high winds and heavy rain left many residents in the dark, with no air conditioners, with no way to keep food cool, and in some cases, stranded. Many residents we spoke with remember that night and recall spending the days after without electricity, outside, cleaning up the mess.
Along SR 65, between Columbus Grove and Ottawa, AEP replaced down power lines with steel poles. Stretched thin with numerous calls and concerns, AEP received assistance from all over the country, and was able to get the power back on one week later.
While the damage was evident, the cause was in question. Did a tornado go through the area, or was the damage caused solely by heavy winds? Chief Meteorologist Kyle Adams says straight line winds gusting at more than 80 mph had the same effect as a tornado.
Although recent weather has led to warm muggy air, Meteorologist Kyle Adams says to see a derecho like the one that went through last year, weather needs to be in the 90's for several days to create highly unstable air.