ROCKY RIVER -- After seventeen straight days of rainfall, Wednesday's storms were powerful enough to bring down several large, old trees.
When the trees fell, they took down power lines, knocking out power for as many as 5,000 at one time in Rocky River.
The worst of the damage occured on Wager Road, where an 80-year-old oak fell in the middle of the street, barely missing a car during rush hour.
In Lakewood, a tree limb fell on a car parked on Lakeland Avenue, smashing the window and damaging a fence.
Another 5,000 residents were without power when a utility line came down with the limb.
So many days of straight rain has fully saturated the ground, making it easier for large trees to fall under the weight of the water.