Great weather, for Relay for Life in Norwalk, and the Huron Riverfest.
Relay for Life’s annual Opening Ceremony will be held at noon, at Whitney Field, followed by the Survivor Lap. Also on tap—The Survivor Reception at 5, the Celebration of Life Ceremony at 6, the Rememberance Ceremony at dusk, and the Fight Back Ceremony at 8am tomorrow. We’ll broadcast live from there, between 4 and 6 today.
Riverfest opens at 5. There’s fireworks at 10:15 tonight, and the parade at 11 tomorrow morning. We’ll broadcast live from Riverfest between 1 and 3 tomorrow. Riverfest runs through Sunday.
Clean-up continues, after Wednesday’s storms.
U.S. Route 20 in Bellevue re-opened early yesterday afternoon, and Ohio Edison crews are working to fully restore power in Bellevue. Extra manpower was brought in, to speed up the process.
About 1600 Bellevue residents remain without power.
Ohio Edison’s Gary Mortus said those customers should have power back by late tonight. More than 400 Ohio Edison customers in Erie County could have power restored by late this afternoon.
State Route 60, between routes 18 and 303 in Clarksfield Township is now open.
Also open: State Route 61, between Routes 113 and 601 in Erie County.
Bellevue Safety Service Director Jeff Crosby is warning residents to stay away from remaining downed lines.
He said those lines could become deadly, if suddenly re-energized.
Not one, but two tornadoes touched down in Bellevue Wednesday.
According to the National Weather Service Office in Cleveland, one was an EF-0 tornado, with winds of 75 miles per hour. It was up to 50 yards wide, and on the ground for less than one mile. The twister touched down on Flat Rock Road, near Kilbourne Street, then lifted near Kilbourne and Gardner. The second twister has been classified as an EF-1 tornado, with wind speeds up to 90 miles per hour. It initially touched down in Seneca County’s Reed Township, and continued intermittently for ten miles, into Huron County. It lifted, near the Bellevue Reservoir. The National Weather Service also said there was extensive straight line wind damage. Crop damage, especially to corn, was significant. The City of Norwalk will pick up storm-damaged limbs and brush, starting Monday.
Brush should be curbside on your regular day of trash pickup.
If possible, limbs should be cut into manageable pieces. The city of Norwalk’s Compost Facility on Austie Shadle Drive is open today, tomorrow and Sunday from 10am until 6pm. City residents may drop off brush and limbs at no charge.
The driveway to the rearmost area of the reservoir is closed until further notice, due to substantial tree damage, caused by recent storms.
Old State Road repair work has been re-scheduled to today. Traffic will be down to one lane, near Executive Drive.
One casualty from the recent rain—Mills Creek Golf Course in Sandusky.
Water problems have rendered the course unplayable. It’s closed until further notice.
12 years in prison, for a former Norwalk man convicted of sex crimes involving teenage girls.
45-year-old Norvell McIntire of Sandusky was sentenced yesterday, in Huron County Common Pleas Court. He was also labeled as a Tier III sex offender.
The search is on, for a new finance director in Willard.
Jody Wagoner is leaving to become assistant finance director in Upper Arlington.
Investigators are looking into a train derailment, near Attica.
It occurred Wednesday. The derailment was not weather related.