WARREN - Tuesday night's storm lingered for residents across the county who were left without power and with newly fallen branches.
"I was actually sitting right near where the limb came down, just inside," Jeff Gardiner of Roselawn N.E. said.
A large branch fell from his neighbor's tree and crashed through an awning near the steps on his home about 5 p.m. Tuesday. Both he and his wife, Darlyn, were in the house.
Jeff Gardiner of Roselawn N.E. stands next to his damaged home Wednesday afternoon. A large oak tree branch came down as powerful storms rolled through the region Tuesday evening. This is the second time in 13 months that a large branch has crashed onto his back awning.
Photo by Margaret Thompson
High winds, slashing rains and hail battered Trumbull and Mahoning counties beginning shortly before 5 p.m. Winds died down after about a half hour, with occasional gusts and hail, and rain continued throughout the night.
Downed trees and wires were reported all through the area. The Gardiners did not lose power.
Gardiner said that he, like many in Trumbull County, are pretty accustomed to downed branches. However this time was eerily similar to another storm roughly 13 months ago in which a large branch tore through the same awning.
"It's like deja vu. I'm calling the same electrician, the same repairmen ..." he said.
Both times damage has been caused to the roof, gutters, siding and electric wiring.
In the first incident, Gardiner said it cost about $12,000 to fix - fortunately, he was insured for the damages. He doesn't estimate this time the cost will be quite so high, since the electric last time needed to be brought up to standards and two awnings had to be replaced last time versus only one now.
Gardiner recounted two other times in which branches came down, resulting in his electricity being knocked out. Eventually, he had one of the problematic trees removed. He and his wife have been living in their home since 2009 though his wife's family has had it for about 50 years, he said.
While the old oaks in his neighborhood are majestic, they can also be a menace - as were aging trees across the county which accounted for many downed wires.
Power outages more concentrated in the Girard, Kinsman and Howland areas, with about 3,100 First Energy customers without power about 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to spokesman David Turner. By 3 p.m. Wednesday, power was still out for about 270 residents in Kinsman, 195 residents in Warren and 32 in Youngstown around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Turner said all power should be restored by Wednesday night.
Around 7 p.m. some residents were still dealing with power outages, though much less significant in number.
While residents are making due without television - a night out to the movies might be a good alternative for entertainment. The Skyway Drive-In is making do after the storm with only one functional screen. The second was damaged in the storm.
"Though we lost screen 2 and sustained other damage from the storm Tuesday, SCREEN 1 WILL BE OPERATING this weekend!," Skyway posted to its Facebook page.
According to their page, the second screen will be up and running as soon as possible though it is unclear when that will be.