New Castle News

November 19, 2013

Storm causes destruction, outages

Mary Grzebieniak
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A storm that swept through Lawrence County Sunday night brought branches down and caused isolated damage.

At the height of the storm, the area had 2,567 customers without power, Chuck Jackson of Penn Power said yesterday. He said the problems were just about cleared up when yesterday morning’s winds knocked down a wire on Rose Stop Road off Old Pittsburgh Road, cutting power to 700 more customers.

All of the power was expected to be restored by last night, he said.

Severe damage was reported in Pulaski Township by Jody Clingan, who with her husband, Bruce, owns Tanglewood Golf Course on Tanglewood Road.

Clingan said more than 100 trees were toppled and a contractor at the course yesterday estimated damage to two buildings in excess of $100,000. A maintenance building that housed equipment collapsed and a league building had severe roof damage.

Debris and broken branches littered the 180-acre golf course, which had numerous evergreens and a few hardwood trees uprooted or broken.

Clingan said the course had just been readied for the winter shutdown.

She said the golf course has not sustained such severe damage since a tornado touched down in the late 1990s.

Several residents in the Tanglewood Road area reported hearing a loud noise like a train after the electricity went out around 9 p.m.

Jackson said that the area was lucky, because Cleveland and Toledo each reported 11,000 o 12,000 customers without power.

“The storms diminished as they came this way,” he said.