NWS: Straight line winds caused damage in Tri-State area

Gallatin County Schools is dismissing early due to power loss

NWS: Straight line winds caused damage in the Tri-State

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Severe thunderstorms swept through parts of the Tri-State Friday morning causing damage.

The National Weather Service said the damage caused in southeastern Indiana, Warsaw, Kentucky and Union County, Ohio, was due to straight line winds, not a tornado.

It’s not clear yet how fast winds gusted in Patriot at the height of the fast-moving storm, the National Weather Service said.

No injuries were reported, according to the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office. Dispatchers reported trees and phone lines falling down about 7:40 a.m.

Damage also was reported in Bright, Indiana, and Warsaw, Kentucky.

Winds gusted 51 mph at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport at 7:45 a.m. and 52 mph at Lunken Airport at 8:01 a.m., the weather service reports.

Power was knocked out to just over 9,000 Duke Energy customers at the height of the storm, according to the utility’s website.

Gallatin County Schools in Northern Kentucky dismissed early after losing power:

“ATTENTION FAMILIES.... We have been in contact with Kentucky Utilities regarding the power outage. Due to the extensive damage to the power lines, they cannot give us an exact repair time,” Gallatin County Schools wrote on their Facebook page.

"While our Lower Elementary does have power, the remainder of the district does not. The entire district is without phone service. The district has made the decision to release students early.

“The high and middle schools will begin dismissing at 10:30. The lower and upper elementary schools will dismiss at approximately 1140. We project all students will be home around 1:00. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause however we feel that this is the safest and best options for our students.”

“Significant” storm damage also was reported to homes, trees and power lines in the northeast side of Warsaw, according to the weather service.

County dispatchers said they had no information on storm damage and were still busy handling crashes from storm.

Several severe weather alerts were issued in parts of the Tri-State before dawn Friday as the storms rumbled through.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were in effect for Campbell County, Kentucky and Clermont, Hamilton and Warren Counties in Ohio.

Tornado Warnings were also issued for Hamilton and Clermont counties in Ohio and Campbell and Kenton Counties in Kentucky.

LIVE look from Highland Heights, Campbell County area as Tornado Warning has been issues. Take cover right now .

Posted by Frank Marzullo Wxix on Friday, April 12, 2019

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