Significant power outages and property damage was reported

By William K. Alcorn


The storm that rolled through parts of the Mahoning Valley early Monday evening left two major hospitals on the city’s North Side operating on emergency power.

Because of storm-caused power outages, Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown on Belmont Avenue operated on emergency generators from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m. when power was restored, a spokesman said.

ValleyCare Health System of Ohio’s Northside Medical Center was still on emergency power at press time Monday night. Hospital officials were asking emergency medical services to divert patients if possible, a spokesman said.

The storm, bringing with it wind gusts of more than 50 miles per hour, thunder, lightning and heavy rains, brought down trees across power lines, leaving thousands of people in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties in Ohio and Mercer County in Pennsylvania without power.

911 centers said no injuries were reported, however.

Particularly hard-hit with power outages were Girard and an area near Masury in Trumbull County, and the Hermitage, Sharon and Farrell areas in Mercer County in Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 7:15 p.m., and the storm took about 45 minutes to go through the area.

There were some showers heading this direction from the southwest late Monday, but they are not expected to be severe, the weather service reported.

Temperatures are expected to drop today into the 60s after the storms.

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