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National Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia until 10 p.m.

October 2, 2018

National Weather Service issues severe thunderstorm watch for parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia until 10 p.m.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued a severe thunderstorm watch Tuesday for parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The area affected includes counties east and south of Cuyahoga County, including Lake, Geauga, Portage, Summit and Medina counties, and continues deep into southern Ohio, and east into Pennsylvania and West Virginia. 

Overall, the area affected includes a population of more than 5.3 million people, nearly 1,800 schools and about 100 hospitals.

The severe thunderstorm watch, which includes the potential for tornadoes, lime-sized hail and winds of up to 70 mph, is set to expire at 10 p.m.

Thunderstorms with heavy rain have been hanging over Lake Erie and traveling east all day Tuesday. A tornado warning was issued Tuesday afternoon for Ashtabula County and parts of western Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service said a trained tornado spotter reported a tornado struck a nursing home about 5 miles east of Conneautville, in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. 

Image of tornado in Crawford County Pennsylvania. From Erie News. pic.twitter.com/mY6CjIIJj3— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) October 2, 2018

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