Wind, rain brings power outages, flooding

About 2,500 Trumbull County homes were without power Sunday afternoon as falling trees caused by heavy rains brought down lines across the area.

The loss of power and downed trees were just a couple of hazards caused by the all-day Sunday rain, which also closed roads and flooded yards. The weather also caused classes to be canceled at a Youngstown elementary school today.

Paul Wetzl, chief meteorologist at Tribune Chronicle news partner WKBN-TV, said the heavy rain comes from a remnant of Hurricane Gordon, which continues to pummel the east coast. Wetzl noted the front carried a line of moisture almost 1,000 miles long. He said the potential for heavy rain will continue through this morning.

Wind gusts exceeding 50 mph will also continue through today. Wetzl urged residents and motorists to take caution around local streams and creeks and the Mahoning River, which is close to flood stage.

About 6 p.m. Sunday, Warren’s Operations Department placed a barricade across Pine Avenue SE near the old RG Steel entrance, preventing traffic from crossing the high water in the area. Additionally, a Howland resident reported heavy flooding in the wetlands area of Howland near East Market Street and the state Route 82 bypass.

As of 5 p.m., the National Weather Service reported about one and a half inches of rain had fallen at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna.

Approximately 1,400 customers in McDonald were without power, while 550 in Weathersfield, 300 in Girard, and 50 in Liberty were also in the dark, according to a spokesperson from First Energy. Elsewhere, 228 Howland customers lost power due to an unknown cause.

According to the First Energy spokesperson, service was restored to all Trumbull County customers except 215 households by 8 p.m. Sunday. The spokesperson said the remaining customers were to be restored to full power by midnight.

Trumbull County 911 dispatch reported one downed power line in the Weathersfield / McDonald area. Others were reported in Niles, while a telephone line went down in Hubbard Township. The dispatch also reported about 9 p.m. a tree down over power lines in the area of Natale Drive in Cortland.

WKBN-TV reported that McGuffey Elementary School in Youngstown has canceled classes for students today because of a leaky roof. The report states that staff are to report as normal at McGuffey in Youngstown.