Wind storm causes damage, power outages

Belmont County residents felt the effects of a powerful cold front that killed at least five people and left hundreds of thousands without power from the Great Lakes to the East Coast, driving high winds into the Ohio Valley late Wednesday, Feb. 11 and early Thursday, Feb. 12. The wind storm uprooted trees and caused property damage throughout the area.

A high wind advisory from the National Weather Service continued through 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12 for Tuscarawas, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Harrison, Jefferson, Muskingum, Guernsey, Belmont, Noble and Monroe counties in Ohio.

The Belmont County Emergency Management Agency set up temporary shelters on Wednesday, including one at the Barnesville Main Street Methodist Church.

The beacon tower at Barnesville Airport blew over. Village Administrator Roger Deal said the tower has been a fixture at the airport for a long time and will take a lot of money to replace. He said the tower was 10 feet high and 40-feet wide.

Barnesville Police Officers answered a number of calls from Tuesday, Feb. 10 through Thursday, Feb. 12.

As early as Tuesday, Feb. 10 reports were made of downed trees, electric and phone lines and street signs.

On Wednesday, it was reported that a tree fell across the road by the first playground in the park. Another caller advised of limbs in the street at the Bethesda Street extension.

On Thursday, windows from a business on 149 W. Main St. were blown out from the wind. The glass covered the sidewalk across the street.

Officers spent the early morning hours moving debris out of Barnesville streets including a metal storage shed in the middle of road on Washington Street.

Later that day, a South Lincoln Avenue caller advised her neighbor's trampoline hit her vehicle and her neighbor's pool hit her house.