Wind storm downs trees, branches

May 18, 2017 GMT

High winds overnight broke branches and trees in Mason County but no road closures were reported by 8 a.m. today.

Many area residents also lost their AT&T service during today’s early morning hours.

No one from AT&T with information about the outage could be contacted before today’s deadline to learn what caused the outage or how many customers were affected.

Todd Myers, operations manager for Mason-Oceana 911, said no one had reported any troubles contacting his office.

Problems with downed branches and trees were reported to the Mason County Road Commission.

“We’ve got some trees down,” Mason County Road Commission Managing Engineer Wayne Schoonover said this morning, adding that many of the reports were coming from school bus drivers.

“We’re out clearing (roads),” said Schoonover, who added that he was not aware of any impassable roads at about 8 a.m. “It sounds like people are able to get around.”

He said it did not appear to him that any part of the county was hit harder than any others.

“It seems like the wind was pretty uniform across the county,” Schoonover said.

Wind gusts between 30 mph and 40 mph were recorded at the Mason County Airport most of Wednesday, with steady winds of about 25 mph recorded between 9:15 p.m. Wednesday and 1:15 a.m. today.

The airport’s equipment recorded a 40 mph gust at 1:14 a.m. today.

and wind gusts of 32 mph were also recorded this morning.


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