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HIGH WINDS DOWN TREES, BRING POWER OUTAGES

(Whitewater Valley)--Cleanup continues after high winds blew through Richmond Thurday afternoon.  Gusts topping 60 miles an hour brought down trees and power lines.  Dispatchers fielded 30 calls about fallen trees in Richmond and another 14 calls regarding downed power lines.  Large trees caused heavy damage when they fell into homes on South 11th, South 13th, and South 22nd.  As many as 500 customers of RP&L were without power, mostly on the city’s west side.  All power had been restored by Friday morning.  No injuries were reported.  State Route 122 between Eaton and West Florence in Preble County remained closed Friday morning as a result of high winds that blew through Thursday.  17 utility poles snapped.  "The wind was scary," said Rachel Asher, who lives nearby.  About a thousand DP&L customers lost power, including Sheriff Mike Simpson.  "We were out for, I'm guessing, an hour and a half," Simpson said.  In Eaton, the wind blew down the sign at the Red Mule.  It also took down a railroad crossing gate on Main Street, which is U.S. 35.

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