Cedar Point closed, clean-up begins after storms plow through northeast Ohio


Car crushed at First and Sycamore Streets, Sandusky. (Photo courtesy of John Costello)

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SANDUSKY, OH - The line of powerful rain and thunderstorms that ripped through northeast Ohio Sunday afternoon has left a huge amount of damage in its wake.

One of the hardest hit areas was Sandusky, where straight line winds of 70 miles an hour knocked down 35 utility poles, causing power outages in addition to the wind damage.

Chris Eck, First Energy Spokesperson, told Fox 8 that many of the poles ended up in the water. "It looked like a disaster area really, wires everywhere. I think we had at least 1 car under wires, the fire department came out and got him out safely. Fortunately we didn't have any injuries. But every one of those poles we have to take it out get it out of the water and sink a new pole. It's a very labor intensive process."

Thirty crews were dispatched to fix the damage, and he says that they are hoping to finish the repairs by Monday evening, although if any surprises crop up, it could take until  Tuesday.

That outage has Cedar Point Amusement Park closed today as crews there work to restore power and clean up.

The Cedar Point Causeway was closed after high winds damaged power lines in that area at just after 2:30 p.m. Tony Clark, Cedar Point spokesman, said Ohio Edison and local authorities were assessing the damage and were working to repair the lines as soon as possible. They are hoping to reopen the park Tuesday, June 7.

Sandusky Police Chief John Orzech says power lines and tree limbs were down in Sandusky, and many were without power.

Car crushed at First and Sycamore Streets, Sandusky. (Photo courtesy of John Costello)
Car crushed at First and Sycamore Streets, Sandusky. (Photo courtesy of John Costello)

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

A tree that toppled onto Monroe School twisted a Columbia Gas main line on East Monroe Street, forcing neighbors to evacuate.

Outside of the Sandusky and Erie County area, hail and strong storms were reported from the western suburbs all the way out into Painesville.

**Click here for a photo gallery of storm damage from around NE Ohio**

Even with all the fury of the storms,  initial assessments show that property damage was minimal, and there were no reports of injuries.

Continuing coverage on the Sunday storms, here. 

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