Trees felled by storm

The first major spring storm of the season left its mark Wednesday, toppling trees, ripping down wires and snuffing power throughout the area.

A line of thunderstorms roared through the Mahoning and Shenango valleys late Wednesday afternoon, bringing heavy rain, some hail and gusty winds.

Trumbull County 911 Supervisor Erich Luketic said the center received 300 calls within a seven-hour period starting after 3 p.m.

”When the storm started, we were hit hard with calls. Most were calls of wind damages with trees and wires down and lightning strikes,” Luketic said.

Luketic said there were no reports of major damage from lightning strikes. But lots of trees fell, including one that landed on top of the Hartford Fire Station.

Hartford Trustee Chairwoman Rebecca Whitman said, ”I’ve never seen straight line winds like that. It got really crazy.”

She said she received numerous calls from residents about a lot of trees down throughout the community.

”They were able to get the trucks out of the station,” Whitman said.

Another fallen tree closed a section of Howland Wilson Road in Howland, and a Hubbard resident reported a large tree was uprooted from his yard.

Tribune Chronicle newspartner WYTV 33 News reported extensive storm damage in Mercer County, Pa., with the Buhl Park area in Sharon reporting 30 trees down and a roof blown off a steel factory in Sharon.

Youngstown Fire Department reported 14 calls for wires down, traffic lights out, a tree fallen on a car and a ground transformer that caught fire.

At the height of the storm, there were 4,400 power customers without power in Trumbull County. By 11 p.m., that number was down to just more than 2,500.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a 90 percent chance of storms today and 60 percent chance of additional rain on Friday.