Trees and limbs were down around Crawford County as a result of winds that were expected to gust up to 60 mph, but the Meadville area escaped major damage late Saturday and early Sunday, officials said.
While damage was minor, emergency responders were kept busy.
“We were like lumberjacks this morning — it was ridiculous,” joked Chief John Fuller of Vernon Central Hose Company. “We had several trees down throughout the area."
Multiple calls to sites on Carr Hill, Hollis, South Watson Run and Williams roads as well as Perry Highway kept department crews busy beginning shortly before 4 a.m., Fuller said.
Vernon Central was one of numerous departments that responded overnight to downed limbs along with power company crews, according to Crawford County 911.
By Sunday afternoon, Penelec’s online outage map showed just 224 of more than 33,000 customers without power in the county.
Meadville Central Fire Department responded to several wind-related calls during the night and early morning.
“Nothing major,” a department spokesman said. “Luckily, I think it all stayed out in the county.”
On Saturday, the National Weather Service in Cleveland issued a high wind warning.
Several fire department officials from outside the Meadville area reported only minor damage as well.
“We just had one tree down,” said Chief Chris French of Cambridge Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
The downed tree blocked traffic on Gravel Run Road. “We were on scene for maybe 10 minutes at the most," he said.
Conneaut Lake Volunteer Fire Department also responded to a single wind-related call near the intersection of Leach Road and Route 285, according to Chief John Treacy.
“There were some trees down,” he said. “It wasn’t too bad.”
The high wind warning for Crawford County was in effect from midnight to 6 a.m. Sunday. The accompanying forecast called for winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph.
The Pennsylvania State Climatologist posted data for 20 periodic observations in Meadville between midnight and noon Sunday that show wind speeds ranging from 4.8 to 38 mph, with the peak coming between 8:54 and 9:24 a.m. Gusts reached a high 54.1 mph at 9:24 a.m.
Despite the high winds, some areas escaped damage.
“We made it through the night without one call. I couldn’t believe it,” said Chief Brad Johnston of West Mead 1 Volunteer Fire Department. “But I know we were the exception rather than the rule.”