Posted by Trina Kinstler - email
For the second night in a row, the Tri-State was pounded by severe weather.
Storms moved through the area around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, causing several thousand people to be without power.
Duke Energy said close to 39,000 of its customers were out in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky as of 7 a.m. There have been 83,000 customers without power since 1 a.m.
Cincinnati police were taking calls for neighboring Norwood, where the police department lost power around 2:30 a.m.
A few fires were also sparked by lighting strikes. There were four reports of lighting sparking fires.
Emergency crews were called to Strafford Ave. near UC just before 4 a.m. Right now officials say this was an abandoned building, so no one was inside or hurt.
There was also a lighting strike on Lila and Wallace in Milford, and another in the 1200 block of Mosteller in Sharonville. A third was reported one was in the 800 block of Sun Creek in Delhi Township. None of the other strikes had significant fire damage either.
At Fountain Square, tents, tables and chairs were destroyed by high winds. The city was preparing for the "Strauss and Troy Market on the Square," which is held every Tuesday during the summer. Because of the damage, the market has been CANCELLED on Tuesday, July 22. It will resume next Tuesday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.