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Residents, Medina city crews clean up after summer storm

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    Heavy winds that swept through Medina early Tuesday caused part of a maple tree to snap and fall on a shed in the 400 block of Bolivar Alley.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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    Tree branches and debris covers the back lawn in the 400 block of Bolivar Alley in Medina after a large maple tree snapped and fell on a shed at the residence.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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    Heavy winds that swept through Medina early Tuesday caused part of a maple tree to snap and fall on a shed in the 400 block of Bolivar Alley.

    HALEE HEIRONIMUS / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Josephine Groff was sleeping when she said she was awakened by a loud thud about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Heavy winds that accompanied an early morning thunderstorm caused part of a large maple tree in her neighbor’s backyard to snap and fall on her shed.

Small branches also swiped her house in the 400 block of Bolivar Alley.

Her sister, Cindy Newberry, who lives with Groff, said was still awake when she heard the tree fall.

“It sounded like a transformer … that’s how loud it was,” she said.

Newberry said she walked down the hallway, opened the back door and saw nothing but tree branches and maple leaves covering the backyard.

“We can’t turn the air on because it hit the (air conditioning) unit,” Newberry said.

Newberry and Groff said power was “flickering on and off” throughout the early morning hours.

City crews also were busy Tuesday cleaning up tree branches downed during the storm.

Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli said there was no major damage in the city.

“The storm came through about 12:30 a.m.,” he said. “That was the initial burst.”

Piccoli said many of the service calls from around the city came from Medina Street, West Liberty Street, West Park, Washington Street, Huntington Street and Howard Street.

“There were no major trees blocking the roads,” he said. “There were some private property issues. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to help with those.”

He said with all the branches that fell, the city’s chipper was out of order and they had to rent one for the day.

A traffic light also was damaged at the intersection of West Liberty Street and State Road.

A bucket truck was used for a city worker to repair a bracket on the light and install a new lamp. The truck also was used to get tree branches off power lines.

According to the National Weather Service, a high temperature is expected today of 89 degrees with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. The chance increases to 50 percent tonight with a low temperature of 73 forecast.

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