Severe thunderstorm hits Lisbon

LISBON – The sound of chainsaws reverberated through Lisbon Wednesday evening as residents cleaned up after a severe thunderstorm swept through the Lisbon area about 5 p.m. Making up in fury what it lacked in duration, the 10-to-15 minute storm packed high winds, lightning and hail, leaving a path of downed trees, limbs and power lines that left the village without electricity and crews working until dark to untangle the mess.

A tree uprooted in the alley between West Lincoln Way and West Washington Street brought up the gas line with it, causing a minor break in the line. The area was cordoned off by the fire department and three homes were evacuated. A Columbia Gas repair crew arrived by 6:30 p.m.

Columbiana County Emergency Management Agency Director Luke Newbold said the storm appeared to have struck the Lisbon area the hardest but it did not appear to be the result of a tornado, according to officials at the Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service.