Tornado warnings issued, expire for northeast Ohio counties; thousands left without power

SHELBY, Ohio - Lines of severe storms brought hail, wall clouds and a ton of lighting Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings to Lorain, Cuyahoga, Huron, Richland, Seneca, Tuscarawas, Holmes and Crawford counties all before midnight on Wednesday.

Despite the warnings, Power of Five meteorologist Mark Johnson said there have been no reports of tornadoes.

As of Thursday morning, Power of Five meteorologist Jason Nicholas said the severe weather threat has ended for northeast Ohio.

Track power outages from FirstEnergy: http://on.wews.com/ZLnCcB

Cuyahoga County

Olmsted Township opened a severe weather shelter for all of its residents at the German Club on Columbia Road at about 11:30 p.m. A tree fell on home on East 112th Street in Cleveland. Another tree is also reported down and blocking the road at Cedar and Halcyon in Beachwood.

Huron County

NewsChannel5 viewers in the village of Plymouth in Huron and Richland counties reported golf-ball sized hail. According to the National Weather Service, Glenmont in Huron County had nearly 2-inch hail at 7:15 p.m.

Lake County

Just after midnight Thursday, Mentor and Willoughby police said some trees and power lines were knocked down. No injuries were reported.

Lorain County

In southern Lorain County, viewers said they experienced half-dollar sized hail.

Portage County
Power has been restored to almost all customers after more than 1,300 FirstEnergy customers did not have power early Thursday morning.

Richland County

The Richland County Sheriff's Office said there might have been a house struck by lightning. The fire department responded, but there were no flames.

Based on photos, Johnson said there were walls clouds in Shelby and a shelf cloud in Olivesburg. Viewers in Shelby, which is in northwest Richland County, also experienced hail.

Stark County
American Electric Power reports more than 2,000 customers are still without power Thursday morning. Canton police and fire were busy overnight with the severe weather that knocked out power to more than 5,000 customers. The power outages were confined mainly to Canton, Canton Township and Canton South.

A tree fell across Market Avenue N shutting down traffic between 15th and 19th Street at 2:59 a.m. It remains closed at this time. Another tree fell onto a home at 1819 Penn Place NE at 2:54 a.m. There were no injuries reported.

Summit County
NewsChannel5 photographer Mike Vielhaber shot video of a limb on car and wire on McNaughton near Middlebury, as well as a wire around a truck on Home Avenue. Akron police said Home Avenue between Moe & Independence is closed because of the down power line.

Keep checking newsnet5.com & watch Good Morning Cleveland for updates.

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