Wednesday afternoon storms are expected to roll southeast across the News 5 viewing area and could impact drivers heading into the evening rush hour.
The highest chance for rain is from 2 to 7 p.m., starting west of Lorain and heading down to Akron within a few hours. Pockets of heavy rain and wind are possible. Some wind gusts could reach as high as 50 mph.
Later tonight, rain is expected to let up and the temps will cool off to around 65 degrees.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for southeastern Cuyahoga County by the National Weather Service until 4:15 p.m.
A flood advisory was issued for parts of Cuyahoga County until 5:15 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, about an inch-and-a-half of rainfall was reported in parts of the county and another inch or more is possible.
Flooding could be an issue in the following areas: Cleveland, Painesville, Willowick, Fairport Harbor, Parma, Lakewood, Euclid, Mentor, Cleveland Heights, Strongsville, North Royalton, Solon, WIlloughby, Eastlake, Warrensville Heights, Madison, Timerberlake, Perry and Lakeline.
A Beach Hazards Statement has been issued for the lake shore from Ottawa County to Erie County Pennsylvania. Those are issued when conditions are met that can create life-threatening rip currents for swimmers, according to the National Weather Service. The statement is in effect until Thursday morning.
A Small Craft Advisory has been issued for the same area and is in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday. Small Craft Advisories are issued when waves reach a height of four feet or higher and wind speeds exceed 21 knots.
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Several thousand power outages have been reported across Northeast Ohio. About 3000 residents in Cuyahoga County are currently without power. Click here to check the status of power outages across the area.
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