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Severe storms cause power outages in Northeast Ohio

August 7, 2018

Severe storms cause power outages in Northeast Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A wave of strong thunderstorms moving through Northeast Ohio has knocked out power for thousands of people.

According to FirstEnergy, more than 2,600 customers in Cuyahoga County were without power just after midnight, with most of the outages in Cleveland.

But Lorain County was the hardest hit, with just over 3,300 customers losing power. Just over 2,000 of the outages were in Sheffield Lake.

It was estimated power would be restored in most of Lorain County by 2:30 to 3 a.m.

Erie County had nearly 1,300 outages.

There were multiple reports of downed wires caused by falling trees and strong winds. There also were reports of flooding on area roads, including at the intersection of West 117th Street and Berea Road in Cleveland.

The National Weather Service issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Lorain and Cuyahoga counties until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Weather Service said some areas had received more than 1.5 inches of rain with more expected.

Showers and thunderstorms were likely through 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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