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CLEVELAND – Strong storms with winds up to 75 mph moved through Northeast Ohio late Wednesday into Thursday morning, causing damage and extensive power outages.

The storms hit land just before midnight and continued to move through the region until after 2 a.m.

In Willoughby Hills and Kirtland area, NewsChannel5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson said radar indicated a wind gust of up to 80 mph at about 12:42 a.m.


FirstEnergy’s website is reporting tens of thousands of customers without power across the region.

Here are the latest numbers as of 5:20 a.m.:

Cuyahoga County

OVERALL: More than 20,000

HARDEST HIT: Cleveland (10,000+), Parma (5,000+), Garfield Heights (2,000+), Warrensville Heights (2,000+)

Summit County

OVERALL: More than 2,000

HARDEST HIT: Akron (500+)

Lorain County

OVERALL: More than 5,000

HARDEST HIT: Elyria (2,000+), Avon Lake (500+), Grafton (500+), Lorain (500+)

Geauga County

OVERALL: More than 5,000

HARDEST HIT: Chagrin Falls (500+), Chesterland (500+), Newbury (500+)

Portage County

OVERALL: More than 500

HARDEST HIT: Kent (500+)

When the storm first hit land, at least 500 in each Sandusky and Erie counties were without electricity.


* 7:15 a.m.: Several trees are down on the west side of Cleveland, near the Lakewood border, on Lake Avenue and Clifton Boulevard.

* 6:40 a.m.: On the east side, trees are down on in the area of Martin Luther King Blvd., and 105th Street.

* 6:35 a.m.: A home on Silverdale Avenue on the south side of Cleveland had its garage destroyed because of heavy winds in the area. The winds were so powerful that they actually moved a car in resident Anthony Battaglio’s driveway several feet.

* 5:55 a.m.: Interstate 480 has re-opened in Brooklyn after a large powerline was blown down across the road at about 12:30 a.m.

* 5:32 a.m.: Police in Cleveland said that the eastbound lanes of the Shoreway in Lakewood at Lake and Clifton will be closed for much of the day.

* 4:13 a.m.: High water on Interstate 90 at Dead Man’s Curve. Left Lane Closed.

* 2:42 a.m.: Police in Geauga County confirm that part of the roof of the Giant Eagle store in Chesterland on Route 302 near 322 has collapsed.

* 2:33 a.m.: Police in Cleveland are blocking the Shoreway near Lake & Clifton due to a tree and power lines down in the area.

* 2:25 a.m.: Laurie in Strongsville reports that a large tree is currently blocking traffic on Prospect Road between Albion and Westwood Roads. It took out an electrical post and is sitting on a fire hydrant, as well. Lines are low to the ground and across their driveway.

* 2:20 a.m.: There were reports of a fire at the Mt. Carmel Church at West 70th and Detroit. Crews at the scene said a tree was uprooted in the storm and pulled two poles down on the roof of the church. The wires burned on the roof for quite some time. No serious damage occurred.

* 1:50 a.m.: Cleveland fire department is looking into storm damage on the east side of Cleveland, specifically in the E. 145th to 148th area. A tree down on MLK Boulevard has closed the road.

* 1:36 a.m.: A viewer on Sperry Road in Chesterland (Geauga County) said at least 30 30-50 foot evergreen trees were uprooted in her backyard.

* 1:20 a.m.: We’re hearing reports of trees down in the W. 73rd area in Cleveland, leaving fallen trees on at least three houses.

* 1:01 a.m.: NewsChannel5 viewer Barbara Bttner reported on our Facebook page : “No power in Cleveland west side…and a big tree down in our back yard on Fir Ave.”

* 12:58 a.m.: Scanner reports say I-480 near Tiedeman Road is shut down due to high lines being down across the roadway.

* 12:50 a.m.: A tree was reported down in the center lane of I-77 southbound about a half-mile north of Fleet Avenue in Cleveland.

* 12:30 a.m.: Johnson said large hail estimated at great than 1 inch in diameter was reported in Ashtabula County near Geneva.

* 12:20 a.m.: Reports from trained spotters

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