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UPDATES: Severe thunderstorm threat ended for Friday, severe storms possible Saturday

Posted at 6:06 AM, Jun 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-18 21:28:59-04

CLEVELAND — The threat for severe storms has ended for tonight.

Cloud cover and hit and miss showers during Friday afternoon kept the atmosphere from destabilizing over Northern Ohio. The strongest storms are focused over Central and Southern Ohio tonight. Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson can't rule out a couple of showers and storms popping up randomly across the area through sunrise. But, the main threat from any storm would be brief heavy rain. It will be a warm muggy night with lows near 70 degrees.

Another round of strong to severe storms is possible Saturday afternoon as a cold front approaches from the northwest. Any storm is capable of producing heavy rain, and a brief damaging wind gusts. Highs Saturday will climb into the lower 80s.

View the latest Power of 5 forecast here.

Power outages
FirstEnergy reported thousands of power outages across Northeast Ohio, mostly in Wayne County this afternoon. Find outages in your city here.

There are currently no active alerts, but the second round of storms Friday afternoon may bring watches and warnings to the area. Here's an easy way to think of the difference between a watch and a warning:

If we have all the ingredients needed later today - a watch will be issued. A warning will be issued once the cookies are done/severe storms develop.

Storm footage from this morning

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