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County residents tough aftermath
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Note: This is an update of a story first posted on our web site July 1.

By JIM LANGHAM

Feature Writer

PAYNE – Friday afternoon’s powerful storm that put the county in darkness and sent area residents scrambling for batteries and generators carried wind gusts at hurricane strength, according to measurements at the Paulding County Emergency Management Agency, says EMA director Randy Shaffer.

Shaffer said that just before 3 p.m., he observed a gust of 84 miles per hour at his Paulding County Fairgrounds office. Officials in Payne, which seemingly took the brunt of the onslaught, estimated gusts of 90 miles per hour in that community, while observers at Fort Wayne International Airport clocked a gust of 91 miles per hour.