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Strong winds split tree at Miami County home, send fishing boat into tree

Published: Monday, June 05, 2017 @ 7:45 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

A Miami County man said strong winds during Monday night's storms sent his fishing boat into a tree nearly 150 yards from his home. 

Dave Stacey said he and his wife witnessed the storms roll in before finding downed trees in the front yard of their house and barn on Horseshoe Bend Road. 

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"It came from out of nowhere, straight line winds with hail balls the size of golf balls," Stacey said. "We thought it was going to break the windows at the house." 

Stacey said he was surprised to find a lighter boat he owned and parked in the same area had not been moved by the storm. 

Several hundred DP&L customers were without power in Miami County Monday night, with over 17,000 total without power in the Miami Valley.

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Dispatchers said Monday evening that police were directing traffic through West Milton as DP&L crews addressed power outages in the area. 

Ohio 48 was closed through downtown West Milton due to downed trees and other storm damage, according to Miami County dispatchers. 

Reports of storm damage were most common around the West Milton and Ludlow Falls areas, dispatchers said. 

A house in the 100 block of Vine Street in Ludlow Falls sustained broken windows and other damage after a tree fell on the home, according to our crew. 

"It was very scary because you don't know what damage you're going to have ... We have broken windows and obviously everything can be replaced," homeowner Caralee Gerieshop said. 

Gerieshop said she yelled for her husband who was outside just before an awning was ripped off of the house and a tree in the front yard came crashing down. 

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Our crew in and around Union Twp. in Miami County reported multiple trees are down in the area.