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‘Telephone pole flying…in front of us’: Family stuck on Cedar Point Causeway during storm

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SANDUSKY, Ohio -- Cedar Point and Soak City will be closed Monday after severe storms hit the area hard.

Winds of up to 70 miles per hour toppled utility lines on the Cedar Point Causeway around 2 p.m. Sunday, stranding park guests in their cars for several hours amid live wires.

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"We just made out a telephone pole flying right in front of us," said Chris Alltmont, of Amherst, who was crossing the causeway as he left Soak City with his kids.

Unlike others, no wires fell onto his vehicle, but a pole fell directly in front of it.

He said he was among those stuck for four hours until power crews cleared a way out. The causeway remained closed Sunday night.

"There was a little bit of crying in the car, but very quickly we just talked to the kids, 'you need to stay calm,'" he said.

The storm cut power to large sections of the park, forcing it to close at 7 p.m. Sunday, three hours early. Traffic backed up at the park's secondary entrance, along Cedar Point Road.

"Apparently they were having electrical issues with all the rides, and so not a single roller coaster was going," said Cedar Point guest Braden Sweet. "We came all the way from Lafayette, Indiana, so a five-hour drive. It's disappointing, but they were really good about handling it. We went up to Guest Services, and they gave us five passes for any day we wanted to come back."

Cedar Point spokesman Tony Clark said the park will remain closed Monday due to the damage to the causeway as well as a lack of adequate power to operate rides at full capacity. He said the park anticipates opening Tuesday.

The storm also knocked down massive trees and branches throughout Sandusky, including at Battery Park Marina.

"The winds picked up and it was raining so hard you couldn't even see," marina owner Paula Rengel said. "The park was empty, which was fortunate because if anybody had been out here with those winds, those trees would've done a lot of damage and killed some people."

Trees also fell in downtown Sandusky's Washington Park, and power was out to hundreds of people in the city, affecting some traffic signals.

A tree that toppled onto Monroe School twisted a Columbia Gas main line on East Monroe Street, forcing neighbors to evacuate. Crews repaired the line by 7 p.m.

Sandusky Police said there were no injuries and only minor property damage reported.

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