***Video above: Tree companies cleaning up storm damage across Northeast Ohio.***
CLEVELAND (WJW) – Northeast Ohio took a double punch of severe weather. First, on Wednesday night, several inches of quick falling rain caused flash flooding and a ripple effect of problems. Then, Thursday night, more severe storms.
We’ve been tracking the impacts.
The live blog below has since been archived:
Aug. 25, 2023
6:30 p.m. Church members are surveying the damage after Thursday night’s storms ripped the roof off the New Life at Cavalry Church in Cleveland.
Down the road, the oldest building in the city, the Dunham Tavern Museum, was damaged but is still standing.
6 p.m. Crews are cleaning up after storms tore through a commercial district in Warrensville Heights, damaging factories and small businesses.
5:45 p.m. In Erie County, an EF-1 tornado was seen in Vermilion Township around 11:47 p.m. Last about a minute, uprooting trees that caused damage to some homes.
5:00 p.m. The football game between Kirtland and Lutheran West was postponed until Saturday at 7 p.m. due to Kirtland Local Schools losing power.
4:00 p.m. In Trumbull County, a 100-yard-wide EF-0 tornado was seen at 12:35 a.m., NWS confirmed. It traveled nearly 2 miles from Champion Heights to Cortland, lasting 2 minutes.
2:30 p.m. First Energy is reporting that some in NE Ohio may not get power restored until August 30 at 4 p.m. Click here for more details.
– An EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Mentor by the NWS Friday morning.
According to the NWS, the tornado began just west of Dartmoor Road near Mentor Avenue. Large trees were blown down and multiple homes and powerlines were damaged
2:15 p.m. The NWS confirmed an EF-1 tornado in Ottawa and Sandusky Counties Thursday night.
The tornado was confirmed to have been near South Nissen and West Deno Roads. Trees, a nursery greenhouse, power lines and homes were damaged during the storm, according to the NWS.
2:00 p.m. Wildwood Cultural Center & Park is closed until further notice due to “extensive damage” from storms.
1:20 p.m. The Mentor-on-the-Lake community room is now available for residents who need to charge their phones due to the power outages.
12:20 p.m. Put-in-Bay says an official concert announcement for Bash on the Bay is coming soon, but there will be no rescheduling for 2023.
According to the National Weather Service, the tornado happened between 11:59 p.m. Thursday and 12:02 a.m. Friday.
According to the NWS, the tornado began near East 71st Street and Chester Avenue. It ended near East 89th Street and Euclid Avenue.
10:30 a.m. The University Heights Fire Department and University Heights Police Department say they responded to at least 30 incidents starting around midnight.
According to the departments, dozens of trees were blown down in the overnight storms, as well as wires.
To report a tree or a wire to the fire department, call 216-321-1939.
9:25 a.m. According to information received by the I-Team, trees are down in Fort Huntington Park next to the old courthouse. The storm also knocked out seven windows in the Justice Center complex. There is also ceiling and water damage.
There is damage at the police chief’s office, the atrium and the city clerk’s office.
The Justice Center will remain open for business.
9:00 a.m. Statement from Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley on the flooding: “According to our Utilities Director, due to the magnitude of the storm, there was no way that flooding could have been avoided and, in fact, the storm also destroyed infrastructure at our wastewater facilities and pump stations. Early evaluations are considering this a 500-year storm which infrastructure is not designed to address. Hopefully, everyone understands the magnitude of the storm experienced yesterday and throughout the night. We will attempt to keep you informed as additional information is gathered and rest assured our crews are doing their best to address the damage and cleanup.”
9 a.m. Lake County reports several closures:
- Mentor: Hopkins Rd. between Rt. 20 and Chillicothe Rd. (Mentor Schools are closed today)
- Waite Hill: Metcalf Rd
- Willoughby Hills: Rogers Rd. – Pleasant Valley Rd – Dodd Rd.
9 a.m. FirstEnergy outages remain at 200K+
8:45 a.m. New pictures show the damage to New Life Cavalry church in Cleveland.
8:30 a.m. Photos just in of damage to the Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby.
8:15 a.m. South Euclid opens power outage comfort center. Anyone who needs to power mobile devices or cool off can stop by City Hall. The back lobby will be open 24/7 for residents.
8:10 a.m. New daylight pictures of the damage in Mentor, one of the hardest hit areas in last night’s storms.
7:40 a.m. Video shows the roof of a downtown Cleveland church was blown off during Thursday night’s storms. More details, here.
7:40 a.m.: State Route 94 has reopened, at Wilber Road, in Medina County.
7:30 a.m.: Video from SkyFOX shows trees uprooted in Cleveland.
7:10 a.m. Update: Power is restored at Tallmadge Ave and offices will resume normal operations today
7:00 a.m. Heads up for Highland schools: Please be advised that 94 northbound, between Wilbur and Remsen, is closed due to a downed power line. Road closure signage has been posted. The schools remain open. To detour, please take either State Road to Wilbur, or Stony Hill to Wilbur or Granger. Please anticipate increased traffic. Students will not be counted tardy due to the storm damage detours.
6:55 a.m. Westlake road closures: Clague from Quail Hollow and Westwood Rd. Lines/Trees down
6:45 a.m. The Cleveland Zoo announced the Asian Lantern Festival is canceled Aug. 25. Ticket holders can contact the Zoo’s Guest Services by calling (216 )635-3391. Tickets are still available for the Asian Lantern Festival on Saturday, Aug. 26.
6:30 a.m. You can see a FOX 8 traffic report highlighting the latest road closures below:
6 a.m. FOX 8 Weather has 48 rain totals for Northeast Ohio.
6:00 a.m. New road closures just in. Follow live updates here.
- SR-18 CLOSED in BOTH DIRECTIONS 0.6 miles beyond Hawley Rd (MM: 8.3), due to flooding. Use alternate route.
- SR-528 CLOSED in BOTH DIRECTIONS from Nauvoo Rd to Peters Rd (MM: 7.6), due to debris on roadway. Use alternate route.
- SR-254 CLOSED in BOTH DIRECTIONS from Moon Rd to Fairview Dr (MM: 3.5), due to utility lines debris on roadway. Use alternate route.
- SR-94 CLOSED in BOTH DIRECTIONS at Wilbur Rd (MM: 12.9), due to utility lines debris on roadway. Use alternate route.
5:30 a.m. Several more school closings have come into the FOX 8 Newsroom. Check the latest closings, here.
5:00 a.m. The video below is a FOX 8 traffic report showing road closures across Northeast Ohio as of 5 a.m.
4:30 a.m. Officials in Mentor tell FOX 8 News, that Mentor Public Schools will be closed Friday, Aug. 25.
4:30 a.m. In Mentor, officials say, significant storm damage was experienced in the southwest sector of the city. A number of city streets are impassable at this time due to downed tree limbs and wires.
Major closures at the time of the release include:
- Hopkins Road between SR-20 and Chillicothe Road
- SR-306 underpass flooded
4:15 a.m Officials in North Randall, in Cuyahoga County, are reporting the intersection near Northfield and Miles Road is closed due to a pole and wires down.
4:15 a.m. In Medina County, State Route 94, at Wilber Road, is closed due to down utility lines, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
4:00 a.m. Pictures and videos of damage left behind from overnight storms are starting to come into the FOX 8 Newsroom.
3:30 a.m.: More than 200,000 First Energy customers in Northeast Ohio are without power. Find updates, here.