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UPDATES: Afternoon storms bring frequent lightning, small hail and gusty winds

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Jul 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-09 05:56:38-04

CLEVELAND — A line of strong storms has developed over Northeast Ohio Thursday afternoon. Plan on brief downpours and a few lightning strikes. The threat for damage is minimal through midday.

Power of 5 Weather Update

Warnings, watches and advisory

Severe Thunderstorm Warning—The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Geauga, Stark, Portage, Ashtabula and Trumbull counties until 4 p.m. Thursday.

Impacts include damage to trees and power lines.

Flood Advisory —National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for Cuyahoga County until 5:30 p.m. Stark County is under a Flood Advisory until 6:45 p.m.

At 2:17 p.m., the National Weather Service said doppler radar showed heavy rain due to thunderstorms. Minor flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly in the advisory area.

Between 1 to 1.5 inches of rain is expected.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Cleveland, Parma, Lakewood, Euclid, Cleveland Heights, Rocky River, Brook Park, Fairview Park, Shaker Heights and Rocky River.

Impacts

Wind gusts up to 50 mph and pea size hail are possible with these storms.

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Getting into the afternoon, with a little more heat, storms could be stronger. Plan on localized flooding and a few power outages. The lightning in addition to the wind threat could be just enough to knock trees or powerlines down.

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Storms fade overnight with only a few rumbles left over early Friday. Check out the temps though.

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We're actually cooling along the lakeshore into the 60s with a gusty northwest wind while areas inland only hit the mid-70s! Rain Friday should be very limited.

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