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Storms knock out power to thousands in Ohio

Lightning in Trenton (Matt and Ethan Carter, FOX19 News Nation) Lightning in Trenton (Matt and Ethan Carter, FOX19 News Nation)

Storms with high winds and hail have cut power to thousands in Ohio, primarily in the state's southern half.

Utilities reported Tuesday morning that about 43,000 Ohio customers had no service in the aftermath of Monday's rough weather. The National Weather Service says winds that gusted to an estimated 65 mph knocked down trees, limbs and power poles.

Hail an inch in diameter or more was reported in several spots, and flash flooding had water rushing over roads. Dayton Power & Light says 18,000 customers have no power just in Montgomery County, including Dayton.

American Electric Power reported that 14,000 customers had no electricity on Tuesday, down from more than 55,000 after the storms blew through. The company says service may not be restored in southeast Ohio until Wednesday.

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