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HEAT ADVISORY issued for Ottawa, Sandusky, Marion, Morrow & Sandusky Counties for Wednesday afternoon and evening. Highs in the middle and upper 90s expected, with "feels like" temperatures above 100 degrees!
10:32 pm Update: Storms pulling away with the warm front, which is shifting east. That means a drier overnight with just a very small chance for a random storm. Lows tonight will drop to near 70 degrees.
Heat turns up on Wednesday! Highs between 92 and 97 degrees on the way with heat indexes closer to 100 degrees. Good beach weather for you! I can't rule out an isolated storm in a couple of spots. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
9:48 pm Update: Weather related report - Motor vehicle accident on US Rt 322 in Ashtabula CO. Car vs. TRAMPOLINE! Yikes! 1" hail in Cortland, Trumbull Co.
9:29 pm Update: No rain for Fireworks in Wadsworth tonight! A brief shower in Brunswick around 9:30. Fireworks a go @ 10pm!
9:19 pm Update: Strong storm over Westlake/Bay Village. Moving SE @ 30mph. Gusty winds, lightning. FLOOD ADVISORY for Geauga & Lake Counties until 12:30am tonight. Trees down across US 322 (Orwell) & SR 193 in Ashtabula Co.
9:05 pm Update: Spotters: Trees/powerlines down in Conneaut, nickel-sized hail.
8:51 pm Update: Trees/powerlines down/tree into house in Painesville (Lake CO).
8:26 pm Update: Line of strong winds about to arrive onshore from Sandusky east through Avon, & Cleveland. Gusts to 45 mph possible! Hold on to your hats! Hail to 1" near Concord/Leroy in Lake Co on radar now!
8:24 pm Update: Strong storms moving onshore in Lake Co from Eastlake to Madison. Strong winds, small hail.
7:49 pm Update: Line of storms w/ strong winds moving onshore from Geneva to Conneaut.
7:30 pm Update: Storms lining up now from Pelee Island east to Erie, Pa. Moving SE @ 30mph. Should reach CLE around 9pm. Storms may produce gusty winds, small hail and brief heavy rains.
6:02 pm Update: Fremont, OH is currently 97 degrees! A few miles east in Norwalk, its 81. Can you say WARM FRONT!
5:00 pm - Rainfall today: Cleveland Hopkins Airport: 1.33"; Akron/Canton AIrport: .27"; Mansfield Airport: Zero!
3:40 pm - Latest round of storms have moved southeast out of the area for now. Other storms are beginning to fire now over lower Michigan near Detroit. These storms and others yet-to-be-developed storms could drop into the region this evening. Stay up to date with us while you are away from your TV by following WEWSweather on Twitter! Click here now ! Otherwise, skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy. Temperatures with a little luck should be able to climb back up into the 85 to 90 degree range by 6 pm this evening. Stay cool!
SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS FROM TODAY (July 3, 2012):
Wind Damage: Reported in Bay Village, Medina, Lodi, Creston, Wadsworth, Sheffield Lake, & Oberlin.
Hail Reports: Tiffin (Nickel size), Medina (Penny size), Creston (Penny sized), & Smithville (Quarter sized.)
I'm Meteorologist Jason Nicholas continuing our weather web coverage today. For more weather updates, follow me on Twitter @ JasonNweather.
EXPIRED-SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR CARROLL, HARRISON, AND TUSCARAWAS
LATEST DAMAGE REPORTS: In Medina=-penny sized hail reported; Creston=trees down in Sterling; Smithville=pea to nickel sized hail; Bay Village, trees and limbs down.
If you have any damage reports, please call the NWS in Cleveland at 216-285-2370
Update: A strong thunder storm capable of producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph is pushing southeast at 35 mph. Stay tuned for more details
A line of thunderstorms is moving across southeastern Michigan right now. Expect brief heavy rain along the lake as cells develop over Northeast Ohio. The Lake Erie islands will also be impacted by heavy rain and gusty winds.
You'll notice warmer and more humid conditions this afternoon. Highs will hit the low 90s with dew points in the upper 60s.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop again later today. Some of the storms could be strong with gusty winds and large hail. There are lots of outdoor events tonight including festivals and baseball games... Please check back for the latest forecast this evening!
Overnight, I'll keep the chance of a few thunderstorms in the forecast under partly cloudy skies. Lows will fall to the low 70s.
It will be hot as a firecracker on the Fourth of July! Highs will hit the low-to-mid 90s with dew points in the 70s. It will be very uncomfortable. Scattered storms are possible again in the afternoon and evening. We'll be watching this closely!
Thursday and Friday will be dry and hot as high pressure sits overhead. Expect highs