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WEATHER UPDATES: Heavy rain, gusty winds and small hail possible with afternoon storms

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Posted at 1:19 PM, Jul 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-07 21:01:43-04

CLEVELAND — It's been quiet the last few days, but storms are pushing back into Northeast Ohio from the southwest today. Some of those storms this afternoon and evening could be severe with wind gusts near 60 mph as the main threat. But a moist and unstable atmosphere will also lead to pockets of heavy rain that will fall in some of the stronger cells that could lead to some flooding.

Warnings and Watches

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NWS map showing the area under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning

The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cuyahoga, Summit and Medina counties effective until 7:30 p.m.

Locations impacted include: Akron, Medina, Parma, Cuyahoga Falls, Strongsville, Brunswick, North Royalton, Solon, Hudson, Twinsburg, Streetsboro, Macedonia, Stow, Maple Heights, Broadview Heights, Aurora, Brecksville, Bedford, Seven Hills and Bedford Heights.

The National Weather Service had issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Ashland, Lorain, Huron and Richland counties that was effective until 5:45 p.m.

Locations impacted include: Mansfield, Ashland, Shelby, Ontario, Lexington, Loudonville, New London, Bellville, Plymouth, Hayesville, Savannah, Polk, Sullivan, Greenwich, Butler, Perrysville, Lucas, Jeromesville, Bailey Lakes and Rochester.

At 3:43 p.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Lorain to near North Ridgeville to North Royalton, moving northeast at 25 mph.

Hazards include 60 mph wind gusts, expected to damage trees and power lines, according to the NWS.

The National Weather Service earlier issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Lorain, Medina, Ashland and Wayne counties until 3:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 9 p.m. Wednesday for most of Northeast Ohio. The watch does not include Tuscarawas and Carroll counties.

The main threat under the watch is damaging wind gusts near 60 mph. Heavy rain could lead to some flooding.

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Power outages
Thousands were left without power as a result of the storms on Wednesday.

In Cuyahoga County, nearly 6,000 customers are without power, most of whom reside in Euclid or Cleveland. Restoration is expected between 10 p.m and 11:30 p.m. across the county.

To stay up to date on the outages, click here.

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