CLEVELAND - Thunderstorms packed high winds and large hail, knocked out power to thousands of residents across northeast Ohio on Tuesday.
The storms hit the region around 8 a.m., with much of the damage coming east of Cleveland, in Ashtabula and Lake Counties.
There were reports of hail as large as golf balls and even baseballs, and wind gusts up to 60-70 mph. A viewer from Streetsboro sent a picture of a chimney that fell off a home.
In Amherst, hail damages all the cars at the Spitzer VW dealership. One car even got a cracked windsheild.
A salesman said it hailed there for 20 minutes Tuesday morning.
Mark Clark said the near golf ball sized hail left 12 dents in his car outside the Giant Eagle in Amherst.
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The Ashtabula County Sheriff's office said that most of the storm damage was in Orwell and Geneva-on-the Lake. They had several reports of trees and wires down in those areas.
The pavilion at Geneva Township Park was destroyed. Some of it ended up in Lake Erie. We got several pictures from around the Geneva-on-the-Lake Lodge showing trees down. There was supposed to be a concert in the park this evening.
Motorists were having trouble getting into Geneva-on-the-Lake. The main road is shut down due to a huge tree falling down in the middle of town and taking out some power lines.
A woman from West Virgina who is camping in the area said she has never seen anything like the storm this morning.
No injuries were reported as a result of the storms.
State Route 84 between County Line Road and Bates Road in the Village of Madison will remain closed until at least 9 a.m. Wednesday. A spokesman with the Ohio Department of Transportation said a tree fell and brought power lines down on the roadway.
A power outage closed Thistledown in Cleveland Tuesday afternoon for the rest of the day. Sherry Pinson from the race track's communications department said in a news release there is no firm report on when power will be restored. Thistledown is expected to open again at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
By Tuesday afternoon, 6,500 people in Cuyahoga County still had no power, and approximately 3,000 in Summit, Medina and Portage counties also were without electricity.
A spokesman for First Energy said crews will be working throughout the day and into the evening to restore electricity.
At the height of the storm, up to 35,000 residents lost power in Cuyahoga County, and as many as 15,000 people were without power in Lake, Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties, according to FirstEnergy.
In Brecksville, Chippewa Elementary School had power knocked out Tuesday morning, and are closing the school at 11 a.m. Students who are not able to be picked up will be transported to the middle school, officials said.
More than an inch of rain fell by 8:30 a.m. in Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga, and Trumbull Counties.
West of the city, we received reports of large hail falling in Amherst and Elyria.
Joe Sabrava of Mentor said, "It was so windy and dark---the clouds came out of nowhere."
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