Storm wreaks havoc in Poland and Struthers

Struthers storm

POLAND TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – The first storm damage reports started rolling into the newsroom around 5 p.m. Thursday.

First it was Lawrence County, with problems north of Ellwood City. Then around 5:30 p.m. in Mahoning County, a second large thunderstorm cell was moving through and it was powerful.

At the height of the storm, 3,100 homes from Canfield to Poland were without power and 2,000 of those still were without power five hours later. Ohio Edison expects power to be restored by 3 a.m. Friday.

Some of the worst storm damage was in Poland. A large pine tree ended up in the middle of the pool at the Poland Swim Club on Clingan Road.

A party of about 50 young people was going on at the time and pool manager Joe Paris is being credited with ensuring all were safe. A crane is scheduled to arrive in the morning to remove the tree from the pool.

The storm that hit Poland actually started in Struthers, where there was considerable damage. One house had a tree uprooted from the ground and some shingles blew off a house next door. A satellite dish was knocked to the ground and in one yard, the tops of the trees were knocked off, almost looking like a movie scene.

“I said it had to be a strong storm or a tornado that touched. I can’t believe the hole that is in there from that tree,” Ron Lordi of Poland Township said.

And it was not a sweet scene at the home of candy maker John Giannios on Rocky Ledge, where a tree was knocked down and brought down power lines. A tree also fell on top of a car there.

“I was in Boardman and I was like it’s just hailing here, then I come and I am like ‘oh my gosh.’ We put a brand new swing set in the back and it is flipped up and gone. It is all just material things, nobody got hurt,” Giannios said.

At a house on Hopewell Drive, the residents said it was raining so hard and loud, they could not see or hear anything out their window but when it stopped, they found a sheared tree in their back yard.

Residents now begin the process of cleaning up.

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