A severe thunderstorm that moved through Pickaway County early Sunday evening brought widespread wind damage across central and southeast sections of the county.
At 8:30 p.m., the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office reported widespread impacts of the storm in Circleville, Washington and Salt Creek townships.
Heavy residential damage has been reported in Knollwood Village, at the corner of Pontius and Bolender-Pontious roads in Washington Township. Trees, branches and power lines are reported down across all three townships.
Immediately following the storm, both state Route 188 and U.S. 22 were closed east of Circleville to the Fairfield County line and state Route 159 was closed between state Route 56 and Tarlton. All routes were reopened by 10:15 p.m., according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
South Central Power reported 2,500 customers were without power immediately after the storm in Pickaway County. That number dwindled to 1,434 as of 8:40 p.m. and 487 as of 6 a.m. Monday.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for sections of northern and central Pickaway County at 6:45 p.m. for a storm capable of producing 60 mph winds and quarter-sized hail. The storm moved to the southeast, with another warning being issued for Salt Creek Township and moving into Hocking County around 7:30 p.m.
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