Cedar Point to reopen Tuesday after microburst causes damage in Sandusky

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SANDUSKY, Ohio-- Cedar Point will reopen on Tuesday after a storm knocked down power lines along the park's causeway.

A microburst with straight line wind speeds topping out near 90 miles per hour caused extensive damage in Sandusky, including along the Cedar Point Causeway, according to an assessment by the National Weather Service. The strong winds toppled 35 utility poles along the causeway Sunday afternoon, trapping about two dozen vehicles amid wires.

Cedar Point announced on Monday there is no damage to the park itself.

"Ohio Edison’s repairs to the power lines on the Cedar Point Causeway are ongoing. Because of their hard work and diligence, Cedar Point will reopen on Tuesday, June 7. There is no damage to the park itself."

A powerful line of storms uprooted trees and downed power lines in Sandusky. The Cedar Point Causeway was closed Sunday afternoon and the entire park was closed on Monday.

"Right in front off us you could just see an outline of a telephone pole coming down, and that was obviously a little scary," said Chris Alltmont of Amherst, who had just departed Soak City with his children in the car.

Alltmont said the utility lines appeared to fall simultaneously. He said his family remained in their vehicle on the causeway for about four hours until utility crews could clear a safe path to exit.

Thirty Ohio Edison crews worked through the night to pull poles from the water and restore power.

"Every one of those poles, we have to take it out, get it out of the water, get the wires up, then they have to sink a new pole. So it's a very labor intensive process," Ohio Edison spokesman Chris Eck said. Eck said the work was expected to be completed by Monday night or Tuesday.

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Anyone with Fast Lane tickets from June 5 or June 6 can used them any day during the 2016 season at Cedar Point. They can also be used at the sister parks, Kings Island in Cincinnati and Michigan's Adeventure in Muskegon.

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Guests seeking a refund for June 6 pre-purchased tickets can go here: cedarpoint.com/contact

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