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NWS: Tornado did not touch down in Clifton

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

After a storm team surveyed damage Thursday morning, the National Weather Service has determined a tornado did not touch down in Clifton Wednesday night.

90 to 100 mph straight-line winds swept the area, leaving behind downed trees and thousands of residents without power.

NWS has not yet said whether a tornado touched down in Westwood.

Cincinnati fire officials said crews found two large apartment buildings on Westwood Northern Boulevard with a majority of both roofs blown off by the storm about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, causing about $40,000 in damage.

Firefighters originally were called to the area for a report of a tree down on a building.

Several residents from 40 units were displaced and put into a Metro bus for temporary shelter, fire officials said. The American Red Cross assisted.

At the height of the storm, winds speeds were clocked at 54 mph at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

The Cincinnati Zoo shut down until noon due to storm damage and trees down. 

In other storm damage reported but not suspected to be from a possible tornado, downed trees are blocking Werk Road at Ferguson Avenue and Winton Road at Keenan Avenue.

Another tree was knocked down on State Route 48 near Sunman in Ripley County, and trees and power lines are down in Goshen County, according to the weather service.

About 10,000 Duke Energy customers were without power overnight. Thursday morning, mostly in Hamilton County, according to the utility's website.

A team of 300 to 400 line technicians, along with about 100 tree trimmers and supplement staff, will be in the field throughout the day to restore power, Freedman said.

A the peak of the storm, about than 20,000 customers were in the dark late Wednesday and early Thursday, he added.

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