By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
MERCER COUNTY —
Hermitage and Sharon took the brunt of the storm with reports of fallen trees and wires, and blown transformers, Frank Janetti, Jr., director of public safety for Mercer County, said.
“We were lucky. We dodged a bullet this time,” Janetti said. “We were expecting something a lot worse.”
Janetti said there were no injuries, no fires and no building damage reported in Mercer County.
“Just the basic storm stuff,” he said.
The hundreds of Mercer County customers who were still without electricity Monday morning were expected to have it restored before the end of the day, according to Chuck Jackson, area manager for Penn Power.
Janetti said the county was expecting more fallen trees and power lines from high winds continuing through this morning, but nothing compared to Sunday’s storm.
“A lot of places west of us got hit a lot harder than we did,” Janetti said.
Overall, western Pennsylvania and the extreme eastern part of Ohio were spared the worst of the storm. Indiana, Illinois and the remaining sections of Ohio got pummeled with ferocious winds with scores of tornadoes reported.
FirstEnergy, which owns Penn Power, reported there were 12,000 of its greater Toledo customers without power and 5,000 customers in Cleveland without electricity.
“We expected a lot worse here,’’ Jackson said. “By the time the storm got to Youngstown there were only around 200 without power. As the storm moved east it began to dissipate.”