Shelby power line

Trees took down powerlines around Richland County during a storm Monday night, including this one in Shelby.

MANSFIELD -- Power companies are working "dilligently" Tuesday to get electric back on for Richland County residents, according to local Emergency Management Agency Director Joseph Petrycki.

During a late-morning Zoom briefing with the media, Petrycki said the southern half of the county appeared to be the hardest hit by powerful thunderstorms and high winds that roared through north central Ohio on Tuesday night.

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