High winds cause widespread damage across Tri-State

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BURLINGTON, KY (FOX19) - A family's trampoline is the latest casualty in a round of storms that moved through the Tri-State on Wednesday.

Fire crews were called the 5400 block of Andover Court Wednesday evening. The winds blew so strong, it hoisted a metal trampoline onto electrical lines near their home.

The owner of the trampoline, Andrea Marquis, tells FOX19 that she was stunned for a moment and didn't know what to do.

"My husband wasn't home, so I just called 911 because I didn't want it to blow off and hit someone's car," Marquis says.

It took two fire trucks with ladder to get the trampoline down. No one was hurt.

Wednesday's high winds knocked out power to about 86,000 Duke Energy customers in the Tri-State. As of 7 a.m. Thursday, 10,000 customers were still without power.

Throughout Ohio, American Electric Power was reporting about 93,000 outages across 39 Ohio counties, with about 30,000 in Columbus and surrounding Franklin County. The company said on its Web site that it expected the outages to rise.

The National Weather Service had issued thunderstorm and wind warnings Wednesday for much of the state as a cold front brought downpours and blasted away warm temperatures in the 50s and 60s.

Counties in southwest Ohio remain under a wind advisory until this evening.

The state Department Of Transportation said portions of a county road and two U.S. routes were closed due to flooding in northwest

A few southwest Ohio counties had conditions ripe for tornadoes Wednesday evening as the weather service reported gusts of up to 67 mph. Schools and churches canceled activities throughout the region because of the weather.

In Liberty Township in Butler County, downed power lines closed a portion of Erie Highway, a state route.

Firefighters and utility crews rescued people from two cars trapped beneath downed power lines in suburban Dayton. No injuries were reported.

Ohio utilities had prepared Tuesday night for the possibility of outages by checking equipment and beefing up staffing.

It's a drill power companies know well by now. Wind gusts left over from Hurricane Ike knocked out electricity to more than a million residents in September, and a winter storm about two weeks ago also created outages.

The weather service had warned that snow and ice from that storm might have weakened trees and left them more susceptible to damage from high winds.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.