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Severe weather causes damage, power outages across Northeast Ohio

Damaging winds knock down trees, power lines
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Posted at 6:32 AM, Aug 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-11 22:11:22-04

CLEVELAND — Northeast Ohio was hit with severe weather Wednesday afternoon. Damaging winds and rain took down power lines and trees in multiple counties. While the watches, warnings and advisories have expired, many communities are still dealing with power outages.

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Power Outages

FirstEnergy is reporting over thousands outages in across Northeast Ohio, where severe weather was reported Wednesday afternoon.

  • Stark County—1,252
  • Summit County—3,683
  • Portage County—667
  • Medina County—336
  • Lorain County—3,096
  • Cuyahoga County—56,529
  • Richland County—1,389
  • Lake County—8,682
  • Geauga County—7,620
  • Ashland County—373
  • Huron County—111
  • Ashtabula County—4,942
  • Erie County—9

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Damage across the area

Photos: High winds, rain wreak havoc on Northeast Ohio

The southbound lane of Avon Belden Road in Avon is closed due to a downed tree.

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A downed tree on Avon Belden Road in Avon.

News 5 viewer James Boyer sent us a photo of a downed tree on Cahoon Road in Westlake, just north of Interstate 90.

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Cahoon Road in Westlake.

There are reports of wires and trees down all across the News 5 viewing area but especially in Westlake, North Ridgeville, Rocky River and Lakewood.

Viewer Bernie Mayfield filmed a tree down in his mother's yard in Lakewood.

A home on Spring Garden Avenue in Lakewood had a tree fall on it.

Another view of a tree on a house in Lakewood on Spring Garden Avenue.

Here's another view of the tree on Spring Garden Avenue:

A tree on a house in Lakewood on Spring Garden Avenue.

Gabriel in Garfield Heights sent us this photo of a tree down.

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A tree down in Garfield Heights.

And here's a look at Florence Street in Bay Village.

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Florence Street in Bay Village.

Here's a tree down on Stoer Road, Shaker Heights.

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A tree on a home on Stoer Road, Shaker Heights

This tree limb in Avon Lake took out a lawn ornament, but missed the power lines and fence.

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A tree limb in a back yard in Avon Lake.

Sandra Cobb captured a photo of the storm rolling through towards Cleveland.

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Updates from the News 5 Weather Team

Strong straight-line winds are likely. We will continue to heat up as it approaches, meaning more fuel for storms.

Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely and isolated large hail events to 1 inch in diameter possible. A tornado or two is also possible.

A Heat Advisory has been issued for Erie County from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Heat index values will reach up to 104 degrees. Temps will get close to 90 degrees today.


Here's a video of the storm as it rolled through Sandusky Wednesday afternoon.

Previous warnings

The National Weather Service sent out an alert warning people in areas affected by the Severe Thunderstorm Warning to take cover.

According to NWS, damaging 80 mph winds are possible.


A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Ashtabula, Mahoning and Trumbull counties until 9 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for southern Trumbull and Mahoning counties until 7:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Cuyahoga, Holmes, Medina, Wayne, and Huron counties until 8 p.m. It's in effect for Lake, Stark, Geauga, Ashtabula, Trumbull, Summit and Portage counties until 9 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Ashland County until 6:15 p.m. and until 6:45 p.m. for Mahoning, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Portage and Mahoning counties until 7:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Richland County until 5:30 p.m. and for Lorain, Erie, Cuyahoga, Medina, Huron and Ashland counties until 5:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Portage, Stark and Mahoning counties until noon.

Winds gusts of up to 60 mph are possible with this storm as it moves east.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was previously issued for Richland County until 10 a.m.

Lorain, Huron and Erie counties were under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 10:15 a.m.

Severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Green Springs to near Sycamore to near Upper Sandusky, according to the NWS.

Impacts under the Severe Thunderstorm Warning include damage to trees and power lines.

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