Although the damage wrought to our community pales when compared to the devastation and loss of life in other parts of the United States - particularly New York and New Jersey, the damage is still significant.
Downed trees, and subsequent power outages and property damage were widespread. One news source stated that the number of homes without power for NE Ohio peaked at 240,000. This morning First Energy reports that 100,000 people were still in the dark this morning; the company hopes that power will be restored to all homes and businesses by the end of the weekend.
Lakewood city schools are closed for the third straight day.
Lakewood residents may have noticed there were no trick or treaters ringing the bell last night. Lakewood as with most of the greater Cleveland communities have postponed trick or treating for a later date - in Lakewood children will be able to trick or treat on Sunday, November 4 from 5 pm -7 pm. For a list of the date and times for all area cities go here.
The photo above is of a house down the street from where I live, the tree wiped out the first and second floor porches and damaged the roof, fortunately it spared the house's front rooms where people were when the tree fell. (photo taken with my cellphone - sorry, but because of the lingering rain I haven't been wandering with my camera).
10:45 AM addendum - a couple more pics taken this morning on my way home from the library.
Here's another shot of the house shown above, looks like they are making good progress making firewood!
A block or so away I passed another house with a destroyed porch - YOWSER!