UPDATE: Wind causes damage, outages in Scioto County

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 3/14/19 @ 10 p.m.
The warmest weather we've seen this year came at a cost in parts of Scioto County.

Susan Welch heard a loud bang outside her home along Earwood Road in Wheelersburg a little before 4 p.m. Thursday.

"It sounded like a canon going off," she said.

Strong winds knocked a tree over, which crashed onto a power pole, splitting it in half.

As AEP crews worked on repairs, Welch was left without electricity, so she listened to the Wheelersburg basketball game on her car radio.

Porter Township fire crews say the power outage forced businesses in the area to close for several hours.

They're urging you to not take any unnecessary chances if you ever come across downed lines.

"Every line, whether you don't know if it's power, cable, phone -- treat every line as it is live," firefighter Dylan Hale said. "A lot of times even we don't know, so we keep a safe distance and shut the road down."

Strong wind also knocked down a tree along Bonsers Run Road in Portsmouth.

The tree also crashed into a power pole, knocking it down.

An AEP crew responded to the scene. They say, luckily, the home where this happened has been vacant a couple years, and the power had been disconnected there.