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Saturday brings gusty winds in Northeast Ohio; thousands still without power

The Geauga County Sheriff's Office reports one person was killed when high winds caused a tree to fall on a van.

CLEVELAND — It was a weather roller coaster ride on Saturday with warm temperatures, storm chances and strong winds that brought gusts of up to 60 miles per hour in some locations.

The high winds also tragically caused the death of one person in Geauga County, while tens of thousands were without power as the day came to a close. 

A High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service for Ashtabula (lakeshore area) and Lake counties expired as of 11 p.m. on Saturday evening. A Wind Advisory for most of the rest of Northeast Ohio has also expired. 

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The Geauga County Sheriff's Office tells 3News that high winds caused a tree to fall on a van on Chillicothe Road, killing the driver. The road has since reopened. 

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As a result of the conditions, roughly 7,000 people are still without power in the area. The larger numbers currently shake out like this, as of 11 a.m. Sunday:

  • Ashtabula: 2,000
  • Lake: 1,600
  • Summit: 1,000

FirstEnergy says service is not expected to be fully restored until Monday afternoon, leaving scores of people in the dark for days.

According to Meteorologist Jason Mikell, high pressure will return to our region which will allow for clearer skies Sunday that sticks around Monday and for the better part of Tuesday with increasing clouds late in the day.

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