High winds lead to road closings, power outages in SE Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — High winds have downed trees and power lines in southwest Ohio, damaging homes and vehicles and leaving thousands of residents without power.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning in the area until 8 p.m. Sunday, followed by a high wind advisory until 11 p.m. Freezing temperatures were also forecast. Meteorologists said winds were gusting at between 50 and 60 miles per hour.

Duke Energy’s website reported nearly 16,000 customers affected by power outages in six southwest Ohio counties, including Hamilton.

Local media outlets reported a portion of Interstate 75 near Cincinnati was closed then re-opened due to obstacles on the road and homes and vehicles were damaged by falling limbs, trees or wires. At least one house fire was also attributed to a downed power line.