Photos: Blindsided by Ike


Messenger photos by Whitney Wilson Coy

Hurricane Ike ravaged cities across Ohio on Sept. 14 when 75 miles per hour winds  tore across the state, causing downed trees and power lines. The State of Ohio, Franklin County and the City of Columbus each declared a state of emergency, and over one million residents were left without power, some for up to a week. This tree at Westgate Park, like many others, was no match for the severe winds – it twisted and bent to the ground during the storm.


Westgate Park was looking more like a tree cemetery than a park early Monday morning. At least eight trees were knocked down in the windstorm, leaving quite a mess to be dealt with. While city workers did arrive on scene early to clear dangling limbs and obstructions from power lines, much of the debris will be left until a later date. The Friends of Westgate have scheduled an emergency cleanup for Sept. 20, and are planning additional events for following weekends.


A downed tree was partially obstructing a bench and some playground equipment at Big Run Park on Clime Road.


The strong winds did major damage to the fence surrounding the tennis courts at Franklin Heights High School.


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