Overnight storms awoke Oil Region residents with repeated thunder and lightning, and dropped extensive rainfalls on the area Monday night.
The hardest-hit communities, though, apparently were in eastern Ohio. Tornado warnings were posted when funnel clouds were spotted near Medina and Cuyahoga Falls. No touchdowns were reported.
Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport reported 2.64 inches of rain in a two-hour period. There were reports Tuesday morning of submerged cars and extensive power outages. One bridge was washed out near Bath, and several roads were closed due to flooding. At least a dozen families were evacuated.
Schools in at least three Ohio counties were closed Tuesday, and a Flood Watch remains in effect for an eleven-county area through 4:00 AM Wednesday.
In western Pennsylvania, most of the effects of the storm were from the rain, although Central Electric Cooperative reported about 2,600 customers without power, mostly south of Venango County. A Flash Flood Watch was in effect for Crawford and Erie Counties, as well as Ashtabula County in Ohio.
More showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for Tuesday night, and on-and-off from Wednesday through Saturday.