Thousands without power after severe storms down trees

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BAY VILLAGE, Ohio (WJW)- Severe weather downed trees and powerlines in parts of Northeast Ohio Wednesday evening.

Thousands of outages remain Thursday morning.

About 63,000 people are without power.

The bulk of the outages are in Cuyahoga County with 40,000 people affected there. There are also outages in Ashtabula, Geauga, and Lorain counties.

In a matter of minutes Wednesday night, the skies turned ominous, followed by pounding, thundering rain and ferocious winds that sent people running for cover.

“It sounded like a freight train coming through. I was fearing there was a tornado or something and told my son to get down in the basement,” said Elliott Ash in Bay Village.

His fears were justified.  

Within minutes, Ash watched as a massive, old Hickory tree next to his house on Wolf Road was uprooted and toppled over, ripping the sidewalk and metal fence from the ground too.

“One of the [tree] guys said Hickorys don’t usually have their root system pulled out of the ground, so that was unique to hear that. It was impressive,” said Ash.

Just about everywhere you looked, there were downed power lines and massive trees across Cleveland, Lakewood, Rocky River and Bay Village. 

  • Tree down in Rocky River.
  • Downed trees in the Edgewater-Detroit Shoreway area.

Many street lights were out and people were told to stay off the roads and avoid any downed power lines, which could be live and deadly.

“It’s scary because these trees are large and so big and so many of them all up along the houses,” said Terry Coursen in Bay Village.

A huge tree did fall near his home and blocked the street at Upland and Bruce.

While over in Lakewood, another big tree demolished a garage and the branches even crushed a car parked next to it on Wagar Avenue.

 “That’s my moms’ car. The tree fell and smooshed it. Thankfully she’s okay,” said resident Morgan Hericks.

In fact, many people were counting blessings that things weren’t worse and that their loved ones weren’t hurt. 

“No one was hurt. Trees fall, we’ll deal with it. We’ll figure it out,” said Ash.

Some areas were already dealing with power outages caused by a line of storms earlier in the day.

The National Weather Service warned of 80 mph wind gusts and penny-size hail.

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