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  • 7:22 a.m.: FirstEnergy says power outages down to 3200

    6:40 a.m.: Cedar Rd. blocked b/t Green & Richmond due to live wires down at Halcyon Rd.

    6:37 a.m.: Akron: Home Ave still blocked north of E Tallmadge Ave from overnight storm damage.

    6:34 a.m.: Beachwood: Wires down, Cedar Rd closed at Halcyon Rd.

    5:55 a.m.: FirstEnergy reports about 4,300 customers without power. Lake County is among the hardest hit areas.  AEP is reporting about 4,000 outages in its Northeast Ohio service area nearly 20,000 in central Ohio.

    5:46 a.m.: Lines down reported on County Line Road in Madison, likely north of N. Ridge Road.

    3:33 a.m: Flooding reported on SR 83 just south of Coshocton.  Flooding also reported on SR 751 east of West Lafayette.

    3:30 a.m.: Damage to a barn reported in Tiffin.

    3:30 a.m.: Trees reported down blocking roads by police in Huron and Milan.  Castalia police report trees and wires down with power outages.

    3:29 a.m.: Lorain EMA repors 6-8 inch diameter branches down.  Also numerous reports of power outages and power lines down along LaGrange Road.

    2:43 a.m. - First Energy reporting at least 1500 customer without power in Marblehead, OH. Between 500 to 1500 customers without power. Other locations across Ohio reporting sporadic power outages.

    2:30 a.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is active for Stark, Summit and Lake Counties.

    2:00 a.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is active for Holmes and Wayne County, Carroll and Tuscarawas Counties.

    1:45 a.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is active for Cuyahoga and Medina.

    1:40 a.m. - A Flash Flood Warning is active for Richland County. A Flood Warning is active for Tuscarawas County.

    1:38 a.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is active for Erie, Huron, Ashland, Richland and Lorain Counties. Most expire by 2:30 a.m.

    12:27 a.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is still active for Tuscawaras County. It expires at 12:45 a.m.

    12:00 a.m. - Tornado warnings across our view area have all expired. We are still watching for more storms to develop overnight. Tornado watches have also has been cancelled. A new Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issud through 2 AM.

    11:40 p.m. - Tornado Warning update: A Tornado Warning is still active for Cuyahoga County. There is still a Tornado Warning for southeastern Tuscarawas County. Tornado Warning for Lorain County has expired. 

    11:34 p.m. - Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties are under a Tornado Warning until Midnight. Seek shelter immediately.

    10:08 p.m. - Severe Thunderstorm warnings issued for Ashland, Knox and Holmes Counties. Quarter size hail possible in Millersburg, Holmesville, Loudonville and Killbuck.

    9:38 p.m. - Hail up to two inches being reported near Rochester in Lorain County.

    10:00 p.m. - Tornado warning issued for northern Morrow and southern Richland County. Radar indicated a storm that could possibly form a tornado... The cities of Mansfield, Ontario, Lexington are in the path of this storm.

    9:45 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for Lorain and Medina Counties... Cities impacted include Medina, Elyria, Litchfield, Grafton, North Ridgeville and Brunswick.

    9:16 p.m - Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for northern Ashland and southern Lorain County until 10 p.m. The cities of Ashland, Polk and Wellington are in the path of these intensifying storms.

    8:55 p.m. - Measured one inch hail in Crestline in Crawford County by trained spotter.

    8:50 p.m. - Tornado warning issued for southeastern Coshocton and southern Tuscarawas County. Salt Fork State Park and Old Washington are in the path of this storm near Kimbolton.

    8:47 p.m. - Storm spotters report measured one inch hail about 6 miles south, southwest of Shelby in Richland County.

    8:35 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warnings issued for Huron and Seneca Counties until 9:30 p.m. Storm will affect Norwalk, Willard, Plymouth. 

    8:30 p.m. - National Weather Service Cleveland spotter reported a funnel cloud in Waldo (Marion Co). Another NWS storm report says  tornado in Prospect earlier (Marion County).

    8:23 p.m. - Severe thunderstorms warnings issued for Crawford and Richland Counties until 9:30 p.m. Mansfield, Galion, Shelby will all be affected.

    8:12 p.m. - A trained spotter reported 1.75" 5 miles south of Marion in Marion County.

    7:57 p.m - Tornado Warning issued for southern Marion County until 8:45 p.m.

    7:26 p.m. - A trained spotter in Glenmont in Holmes County reports 3/4" hail

    7:20 p.m. - Tornado warning issued for southern Holmes County as a severe thunderstorm is capable of producing a tornado.

    7:15 p.m. - Hail report in Glenmonth in Holmes County of 1.75 inch hai.

    7:13 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warnings posted for Ashland and Richland Counties capable of producing golf ball sized hail.

    6:57 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warnings post for southern Holmes County until 8 p.m.

    6:48 p.m. - Hail and a funnel cloud reported in Shelby in Richland County.

    6:30 p.m. - Tornado warnings issued for Crawford, Huron, Richland and Seneca County after a funnel cloud was spotted near Shelby.

    6:30 p.m. - A Tornado Watch has been issued for a large part of eastern Ohio through 12 a.m.

    6:00 p.m. - First heavier storm of the evening is developing north of Bucyrus and will be heading into Richland and Ashland Counties shortly. Small hail will be possible with this storm.

    5:00 p.m. - A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 2 a.m. for the following counties: Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky in the Channel 3 viewing area.

    12:00 p.m. - We are still keeping an eye out for severe weather. Time frame is still the same - pop-up showers and thunderstorms starting this evening with the most intense weather expected during the overnight hours. So far the biggest threats are still heavy rain and strong wind.

    The severe weather threat has increased across Northern Illinois and Indiana into far western Ohio. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center as placed a "high" risk zone across there areas. These areas have the greatest threat for tornadoes along with strong and severe thunderstorms. (MW)

    8:30 a.m. - The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has western Ohio in a "Moderate" risk zone, while Northeast Ohio is in a "Slight" risk zone.

    The difference is simply in probabilities. The "likelihood" of severe weather is a little bit higher in western Ohio, but certainly WE are not out of it.

    There is also a timing factor taken into account, and remember, we'll most likely inherit what fires to the west of us. (BK)

    8:00 a.m. Update - Chief Meteorologist Betsy Kling - Good morning everyone! We are going to keep a 'running' tab of how conditions are shaping up through the day right here, so keep checking back for updates.

    As of this morning, the threat is continuing for storms to impact northern Ohio later today and tonight.  This threat is for our ENTIRE area.

    After a few scattered showers late morning/early afternoon, a warm front will become the focus of storm development.  We are looking at the 4PM to 8PM timeframe for scattered storms to develop.  These storms will have high wind, hail and possible tornado potential.

    Then, overnight, another 'wave' of storms will sweep through.  These storms are expected to have high winds and VERY heavy rainfall.

    A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for all of northern Ohio ahead of 1" to maybe 3" of rain coming.

    In anticipation of high wind, you might consider bringing in patio furniture or "stowing" toys any anything else in the yard that might blow around.  And take a minute to clean out storm drains on/near your property.

    I will be sending out rapid fire updates on my Twitter feed once the storms get going ... follow me @BetsyKling

    We will also be posting updates on the WKYC Weather Warriors Facebook page and WKYC Weather on Twitter.

    Stay Weather Ready!


    The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has put much of Ohio under a "moderate" (red) and "slight" (yellow) risk for severe weather. This risk for severe weather moves in for Wednesday afternoon and continues through Wednesday evening into Thursday morning.

    According to the Storm Prediction Center, the potential exists for "a widespread severe weather event, mainly in the form of damaging wind and large hail". Heavy rain is also a threat, with flash flooding possible.

    This severe weather could wreak havoc on the evening commute Wednesday and on the morning commute Thursday. 

    The severe weather threat is due to a warm front moving in to Ohio Wednesday afternoon and an upper level disturbance swinging across the state at the same time. These two systems will work to create the severe weather threat.

    The upper level disturbance moving across the state Wednesday could also create a derecho, which is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms. This could potentially cause numerous power outages across the area.

    You can always "Stay Weather Ready" by tuning into Channel 3 News, downloading the WKYC radar app, and visiting the WKYC weather page at

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