Storm knocks out power to nearly 4,000 in county

Morning Journal/Patti Schaeffer Salem firefighters place absorption pads and tarp on the roof of the Morris Financial Group building after being damaged in Sunday's storm. Several small holes were punched through the roof from the incident.

LISBON — A line of storms which swept through northern Columbiana County on Sunday evening caused some damage and knocked out power for some residents.

Wires or trees were reported down in the areas of Bowman, Georgetown, Bandy, Jersey Ridge, Knox School, Center, Grafton, Sanor Road and Kelly Park roads. Additionally, a garage roof was reported blown off on Georgetown Road.

In the city of Salem there were various reports of trees and lines down. Utility poles fell on at least one business, the Morris Financial Group Inc. , damaging the roof.

George Morris III, who owns the Morris Financial Group with his wife, said there was some water damage and three or four small holes in the roof. A transformer broke loose and fell, spilling oil in the street.

However, Morris said they were lucky. The damage to the roof was above a conference room where some ceiling tiles will need to be replaced. But there were no customer files compromised.

Morris also talked about the great response from the local community.

“My wife and I have high praise for our local fire department, Ohio Edison and our local contractor, Eric Guappone (of Lisbon),” Morris said, noting they were all there quickly and Guappone came right out on a Sunday night and had temporarily patched the roof.

Additionally, he said his insurance agent Donna Sanor has already filed their claim. Morris added this is what it means to live in a great, small community.

The Salem police department posted a plea on Facebook urging residents to stay home Sunday evening due to all the trees and lines down throughout Salem.

Power lines were reported arcing in the area of state Routes 334 and 558. Another live wire was reported down in the area of state Route 14.

Some roads were being temporarily closed while firefighters worked to clear debris and power was being restored.

At 7:50 p.m., Sunday, First Energy was reporting power outages due to storms for 1,300 customers in the city of Salem, 515 customers in Salem Township, 421 in Perry Township and 836 customers in Knox Township.

Overall, First Energy was reporting 3,829 outages in Columbiana County.

First Energy spokeswoman Karen Clark said as of 9 p.m. there were crews working on a couple of isolated poles in the Salem area. At that time she said there were 800 customers still without power, but they expected to have power restored to those customers later Sunday night.

She reminded customers to go onto the First Energy website to report a power outage or to check on the progress as power is restored as quickly and safely as possible.