A summer thunderstorm that ripped through Highland County on Monday afternoon left downed trees and wires in its wake, although power outages were apparently few.
On Ivy Hill Road off U.S. 62 just south of Hillsboro, firefighters from the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District and deputies from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office worked to clear trees that had crashed across the roadway, blocking traffic.
“Something came through here,” said a deputy. Tops of trees were shorn off, and a smaller tree was in the yard of a local residence, having fallen to the ground and then leaning on the side of the house.
Trees were also down along U.S. 62 itself near Dunlap Road, and there were reports of large limbs falling in Hillsboro. AEP responded to a property on Uhrig Street where a limb had done damage to power lines. But AEP’s outage map showed no loss of power in Highland County.
The Associated Press reported that residents in the Ohio Valley were being urged to watch the skies throughout the remainder of Monday for multiple rounds of bad weather. Baseball-size hail was also possible, along with a few intense tornadoes.
Illinois and Indiana had a squall line go through Monday, and forecasters said additional storms could still hit the two states later in the day, along with other parts of the Corn Belt and western Kentucky.
Storms were expected to shift to the southern Appalachians and the Carolina coast Tuesday.