CLEVELAND — The first wave of showers and strong storms rolled through NE Ohio this morning and are now exiting the area. However, additional scattered showers and storms are expected during the afternoon and evening.
That next round is what we're really focusing on. That's where we have a better shot at damage. The chance is very low but not zero.
The main threat will be damaging gusty winds and heavy rainfall that could lead to isolated flash flooding. However, hail and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out either.
These are all gone by sunset as much drier and cooler air settles in.
After this cold front and storms roll through, temperatures look to fall and remain in the 70s for at least the next week.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Tuscarawas, Carroll and Coshocton counties until 10 p.m. Thursday.
The watch includes new Philadelphia, Salem, Uniontown and nine counties in Pennsylvania
Flash Flood Warning
A Flash Flood Warning issued for Ashtabula County has expired.
Doppler radar showed thunderstorms produced heavy rain across the area. Between 1 to 2 inches of rain have fallen in the past 45 minutes.
Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, streets and underpasses is possible.
The National Weather Service says “turn around, don’t drown” when encountering flooded roads.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning
The National Weather Service had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lake and Ashtabula counties until 12:15 p.m.
Expects winds of 60mph and small hail.
Beach Hazards Statement
The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazards Statement for Lorain, Cuyahoga, Lake and Ashtabula counties until 4 p.m. Friday as strong winds and waves will cause currents on the lakeshore.
Swimmers should not enter the water as currents can carry swimmers away from the shore through a sand bar and along structures out into the lake.
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