(Toledo News Now) – A storm that ripped through the Toledo area Thursday afternoon killed one person and has left thousands of Lucas County residents without power. Many have damage to their homes or businesses and have debris to clean up in temperatures that will pass 100 degrees on Friday.
The areas hit hardest were Sylvania, Sylvania Township, Holland, Springfield Township, west Toledo and south Toledo.
One Person Killed
A man moving a vehicle died when a tree fell on it in Springfield Township. Read more.
Central Avenue is closed between I-475 and Reynolds Road in Sylvania Township.
Extensive damage is also being reported along Holland-Sylvania Road from Central Ave. to Airport Hwy.
All major highways are open again.
Toledo Edison worked through the night. About 20,000 people remain without power in Lucas County as of 5 p.m. Friday. About 24,500 customers total are affected. To check power outage figures visit Toledo Edison.
After Toledo Edison crews finish assessing damage they will have a better idea of when power can be turned back on for residents.
A Toledo Edison spokesperson said they expect the majority of power to be restored by Saturday, although some customers may have to wait until Sunday or Monday.
During the peak of outages Thursday, 60,000 customers were without power. As of Friday afternoon, that number has been reduced to 13,000.
All available crews are out working and 60 additional crews have been recruited from Cleveland and Akron, even Pennsylvania.
Residents still without power should contact Toledo Edison at 1-888-LIGHTSS.
"Don't assume that your neighbor has called in an outage. If your power is out, make sure you call us so we know that your power is out. We never want anyone to assume that we know," said Doug Colafella with Toledo Edison. "From a safety standpoint, again, with the high temperatures today, it's important for folks to stay cool, stay away from any down power lines."
Colafella wants to warn people that some of the fallen power lines could be live and dangerous.
We do have some closings and cancellations. Check our community closings list.
Emergency Shelters/Cooling Stations
The Red Cross has opened emergency shelters and cooling stations across the Toledo area to help those who have damage to their homes. Click for a list of cooling centers in Lucas County.
Collection of Private Storm Debris
Private storm debris will not be collected by city crews. Residents should instead utilize their free quarterly bulky pick-up or take debris to the Hoffman Road Landfill. The landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 7. Toledo residents may drop off allowable bulky waste that adheres to the refuse rules. Proof of residency must be provided in the form of a current utility bill and valid photo ID. Visit the city of Toledo's website for more information about allowable bulky waste.
Toledo residents may report fallen trees or limbs blocking the public right of way by contacting City Hall at 419-936-2020. The line is staffed 24-hours a day.
Residents wishing to schedule a bulky pick-up should contact Republic Services 48 hours in advance of their regularly scheduled collection at 419-936-2511.
Reports of power outages or fallen power lines should be made to Toledo Edison at 1-888-544-4877.
Making a Donation
If someone would like to help people affected by these disasters, they can make a donation today to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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