Archbold, OH

Trees, Wires Block Area Roads; Power Knocked Out

Archbold and the surrounding area has been hammered by storms, but officials from Fulton and Henry counties said none of the damage was the result of tornadoes.

“There was no evidence of tornadoes. I went out afterwards and observed the damage. I’m not necessarily an expert, but I saw no evidence of tornadoes. I saw straight-line wind damage,” said Bob Hartman, Fulton County emergency management agency coordinator.

“There was no evidence of tornadic activity. The damage all looked like straight-line winds,” said Tracey Busch, Henry County emergency management agency coordinator.

Storms hit the area Friday, June 6. Fulton County Sheriff Department dispatchers sounded the county tornado sires at 8:39 pm, after the National Weather Service placed the county under a tornado warning.

Rich Kilgour, Fulton County 911 coordinator, said FCSD dispatchers began receiving a flood of calls of trees and power lines down.

There were reports of funnel clouds, but Hartman said there was no evidence of a tornado touching ground.

The Fulton County sirens were sounded a second time for a report of funnel cloud, but Kilgour said dispatchers were so busy, they didn’t log the time.


The most dramatic damage from the Friday storm was in Ridgeville Corners, where a pole barn on St. Rt. 34 owned by Beck Brothers, Inc., a farming operation, was destroyed.

The north and south end and portions of the east wall wastanding, but the rest of the structure was in a neighboring field.

Oddly, despite the damage to the building, persons on the scene the following morning said the trucks, tractors, and other farm equipment parked inside were basically undamaged. One combine had a dent on one side.

A semi truck was blown over on US 6, east of Ridgeville, but Dexter Benecke, Ridgeville Township Volunteer Fire Department chief, said the driver was not injured.

There also was a report of an empty semi trailer parked at Alex Products in Ridgeville blown over.

Trees were down throughout Ridgeville, and power was out until about 7:30 am the following morning.

In Archbold, a tree came down on a garage at the Mark and Lisa Allison residence, 505 N. Defiance Street.

Hartman said a barn was blown down on St. Rt. 2, west of Co. Rd. 17, and there were reports of trees down in Delta and Swanton.

“There wasn’t a path of damage. It was spotty,” he said.

Busch agreed, saying the Friday night damage was spread across Henry County.


Storms with damaging winds ripped through the area again Monday night, June 9, at about 7 pm. There were no tornado warnings.

Kilgour said the county was under a severe thunderstorm watch, then a warning.

There were reports of trees and power lines downed.

A tree in the back yard at 503 North Defiance Street, a home owned by Jeffrey Bumgardner, Vandalia, Mich., was blown down onto a pickup truck.

The tree is next door to the Allison residence, where a tree was blown down Friday night.

Reports from the scene Monday night say as many as 60 houses in the Walnut Street area were without power.

Toledo Edison

Reggie Strauss, an area manager of Toledo Edison, said as of 10:15 am, Tuesday, June 10, there were 25 homes in Archbold out of power. There were 507 out in Fulton County, and 13,000 throughout the TE coverage area.

Within the city of Toledo, 11,000 customers were out of power.

Strauss said TE called 30 extra line crews to repair the damage from the Friday storm, and 25 on Monday.

Power should be restored to all customers by late Wednesday, June 11, or early Thursday, June 12, he said.

100 MPH?

Hartman said National Weather Service officials were scheduled to be in Fulton County on Tuesday to look over damage.

“We had reports of winds over 100 miles per hour. They’re going to do some surveying, to see if what they saw on radar matches with what actually happened,” he said.

One item that did not stand up to Monday night’s powerful winds was the flagpole in the green space east of North Defiance Street and north of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks.

The flagpole was erected soon after the North Defiance Street reconstruction project of 2005 was completed.

Dennis Howell, Archbold village administrator, said the flagpole was rated for 100 mph winds, “but that’s without a flag attached,” he said.

“We’re going to try to get it replaced under warranty,” Howell said.

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