Officials suspect tornado in Paulding County

By Lance Mihm - [email protected]

HAVILAND — Officials believe a storm that came through northern Van Wert and Paulding counties spawned a tornado and has left many without power.

Officials believe an F-O tornado touched down in Emerald Township, Paulding County, and has left 940 AEP and 300 Paulding Putnam Electric customers without power. In two separate areas near the village of Haviland, Defiance County EMA Director Julie Rittenhouse said there is a four-mile and a one-mile stretch where several power poles were knocked down.

“There are several lines down, and two substations were affected,” Rittenhouse said. “It could be several days before customers have power to their homes.”

Rittenhouse said several homes in the area also suffered heavy to severe damage in the storm. Rittenhouse was called to Paulding County to assist in assessing the damage.

Weather officials will be in the area Friday to confirm if a tornado indeed touched down in the area.

Van Wert EMA Director Rick McCoy said the storm affected a few customers in the northern part of the county, but otherwise the damage was mostly to trees losing limbs and shingles being blown off homes.

The American Red Cross has been called to the area to offer assistance to those affected by the storm.

By Lance Mihm

[email protected]

Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or on Twitter @LanceMihm

Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or on Twitter @LanceMihm

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