Hurricane Patricia remnants bringing heavy rain to NE Ohio, could cause outages

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Rainfall EstimatesCLEVELAND, Ohio --The remnants of Hurricane Patricia will be moving into the Cleveland area Tuesday and Wednesday, and officials say residents should be ready.

Fox 8 Meteorologist Scott Sabol says the system will bring heavy rain beginning Tuesday night and continuing on Wednesday.

Rain will begin between about 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., moving in from south to north.

More than an inch to an inch and a half of rain is expected for most parts of Northeast Ohio through Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday, gusty winds could also start to whip up. The wind is not part of the Hurricane Patricia remnants, but from a storm system coming out of Canada. Gusts could reach up to 35 miles per hour on Wednesday and Thursday.

Cleveland Public Power released a list of tips for residents as the systems hit the area, warning that the winds could down power lines and cause outages.

The tips include the following:

-- In the case of downed power lines, customers are asked to avoid the lines and call 911 or their local utility company. You should not put your feet in the water or try to move tree limbs. If a line falls on your car, you should stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away.

-- Unless there is a major outage extending more than four hours, food should be safe in the refrigerator for as long as the doors are closed.

-- A freezer will hold the same temperature for 24 to 48 hours if the door remains closed.

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