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Storms across Northeast Ohio cause power outages, damage

As of 11 p.m., FirstEnergy reported more than 18,000 customers were without power.

CLEVELAND — The good news is that the severe weather that came through Northeast Ohio on Wednesday afternoon and through the evening is coming to a close. 

The bad news is that the storms left their imprint with plenty of damage as well as power outages. 

FirstEnergy reported more than 18,000 of its customers were without power late Wednesday night. Most of the outages have been restored, however, but here's the latest number of impacted customers as of 10 a.m. Thursday:

  • Portage - 1,216
  • Lorain - 893

The National Weather Service reported that wind gusts of anywhere between 60 and 70 miles were possible during the course of the storm, with quarter-sized and penny-sized hail.

3News' Isabel Lawrence captured video of the storm moving its way through Lorain on Wednesday afternoon. 

Our Lydia Esparra was in Sheffield Village on Wednesday evening and captured photos of the aftermath of the storm with fallen trees on East River Road.

Credit: Lydia Esparra
Credit: Lydia Esparra

In Summit County, photojournalist George Payamgis took photos of damage in Hudson. 

Credit: George Payamgis
Credit: George Payamgis

According to the 3News Weather team, afternoon sunshine is allowing for the threat of pop-up showers and storms Wednesday afternoon all ahead of a cold front crossing the region in the evening. The frontal boundary isn't expected to fully clear the region before stalling. As a result, temperatures on Thursday will scale back into the 60s so prepare yourselves for the rollercoaster effect.  

3News Meteorologist Matt Wintz had more on 3News' Facebook Live as the storms began to make their way into Northeast Ohio.

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We'll carry lingering rain chances on Thursday as another weak wave of low pressure rides north along the frontal boundary before high pressure returns on Friday with more stable and nicer conditions.

FORECAST: Pop-up showers and storms this afternoon

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