VIDEO: Storm Causes Extensive Damage Through The Region

This photo, submitted by viewer Jackie Krogman of Independence, Ky., shows a pickup truck damaged by a fallen tree.
This photo, submitted by viewer Jackie Krogman of Independence, Ky., shows a pickup truck damaged by a fallen tree.

(GREEN TOWNSHIP, OH) -- The high winds Tuesday night caused problems across the Tri-state and the entire region.

Locally, a large sign at the BP station on North Bend Road at I-74 in Green Township leveled a truck. The pole was held to the ground by eight screws that couldn't sustain the high winds.

Thankfully no one was inside the truck. The truck is a total loss.

At the height of the storm, about 50 thousand people were without power. Crews have been able to restore power to most customers.

As far north as New York, powerful winds blew some of Lake Erie's water east early Wednesday morning.

In just a couple of hours, water levels rose more than 10 feet in Buffalo, New York, while the lake dropped about five feet on the western end, in Toledo, Ohio.

The National Weather Service says winds gusting to 60 miles an hour acted like a giant fan blowing on a shallow pool.

In northern Ohio, a train derailed on a bridge over Sandusky Bay, sending as many as four freight cars into the water, said Ottawa County Sheriff Robert Bratton.

Bratton said the derailment occurred around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities were working on the assumption that the cars were blown off the bridge by high winds near the Lake Erie coastline.

In the Cleveland area, the temperature reached a high of 51 Tuesday and dropped to 14 degrees by Wednesday morning. More than 18,000 people lost power in the region and dozens of schools were closed, including Parma, Cleveland's biggest suburb.

The State Highway Patrol said winds in northwest Ohio caused a semi with an empty trailer to go over on its side on Interstate 75 near Findlay, blocking the southbound lanes for three hours after midnight. The driver suffered minor injuries.

Also in northwest Ohio, a senior citizens' center in Maumee was closed because the doors were frozen shut.

Farther south in Louisville, thousands are still without power after the line of severe thunderstorms and gusting winds downed power lines in their wake.

About 18,000 Louisville Gas & Electric customers are without power, down from about 32,000 customers during the peak of outages.

The National Weather Service is investigating possible tornado damage near Martinsville, the west side of Indianapolis and in Poseyville in southwest Indiana.

Four deaths have been linked to the storm, including two in Poseyville.

The highest recorded wind gust was 81 mph in Greencastle. Hail more than a half-inch in diameter was reported in some areas.

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