MALINTA — A violent thunderstorm caused damage to several properties east of here Sunday and took down several utility poles.
The late-afternoon storm completely destroyed a barn at the Donald Behrman residence, K159 County Road 8, damaged a second barn there and tossed several large tree limbs onto the roof of the home.
Debris from the barns could be seen to the southwest of Behrman’s residence — south of County Road K and west of County Road 8.
Meanwhile, 10 utility poles were severely damaged on the east side of County Road 7, with several of them snapped off and lying in a barren field that was inundated following torrential rainfall associated with the storm. Seven of the poles were located south of County Road K2, while the remaining three were south of County Road L.
Henry County EMA Director Tracy Bush said Sunday evening that he talked with the National Weather Service’s North Webster, Ind., office about the storm, and it appears the damage was caused by a microburst. A microburst is a downward forcing or downdraft of strong winds in an isolated area.
While the Behrman residence was hit the hardest, a barn also was damaged on County Road 8, just to the south, while a house to the north on the same road sustained roof shingle and tree damage.
A number of limbs also were downed in and around that area and in Malinta, while a road sign at roads 8 and K was blown over.
Severe weather outlooks posted by the National Weather Service at different intervals Sunday had placed virtually all of Ohio in a “marginal” risk area for severe weather. Specifically, the forecast had mentioned the possibility of “locally damaging winds” due to an approaching cold front.
Heavy rain fell in many areas of northwest Ohio Sunday afternoon and evening. Some of this reportedly caused high water on roads, such as on Ohio 15 in north central Defiance County and southern Williams County, on U.S. 127 in Williams County at Ohio 191 and U.S. 34 near Stryker.