CLEVELAND - Severe storms dumped tennis ball-sized hail in some parts of Northeast Ohio Wednesday and leave many in the dark.
Several of the storms prompted the National Weather Service to issue tornado warnings for many counties, including Seneca, Erie, Huron and Summit.
Radar data indicated very large hail throughout the western part of the NewsChannel5 viewing area, including Norwalk, Vermilion and Sandusky, according to Meteorologist Mark Johnson.
Johnson said many of the storms showed a lot of intensity and rotation, causing wind gusts up to 80 mph.
There was evidence of a tornado in the Monroeville area just after 6 p.m., according to a viewer photo and analysis by Johnson. He said the tornado touched the ground and caused debris to go up into the air.
Viewers have been sending in photos of the storm clouds, aftermath and hail. Check out our photo collection here: http://5.wews.com/c7e
FirstEnergy reports on its website that Cuyahoga and Lake counties have the most power outages, with both reporting between 5,001-10,000 customers without power each. Across the region, there appears to be tens of thousands of customers without power. Here are the communities with the most outages:
- Fairport Harbor
Here are damage reports into NewsChannel5:
- FROM ODOT: SR 86 between Carter Rd. and Brooman Rd. in Leroy Twp. is closed in both directions due to a large tree covering the highway. U.S. 20 at McMackin Rd. in Madison Twp. is closed in both directions due to fallen power lines, according to the Lake County Sheriffs Office.
- Barn destroyed in Monroeville, possibly by the earlier tornado
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