National Weather Services confirms F1 tornado in Chesterland

CHESTERLAND, OH (WOIO) - The National Weather Service confirmed that an F-1 tornado touched down in Geauga County during Wednesday evening's severe weather.

The tornado touched down in the Chesterland, Ohio causing severe damage to homes and businesses. Giant Eagle grocery store sustained massive damage. The store had to bring in refrigeration trucks to try and salvage inventory damaged from the storm.

Back in Cuyahoga County, most of the damage was reported on the west side near W. 59th and Detroit.

Hundreds of trees came crashing down causing road closures and power outages. The hardest hit area in Cuyahoga County was the City of Cleveland reporting just under 22,000 customers without power as of 10:00 p.m. Thursday. They will be working well into weekend to get everyone restored.

CPP spokesperson Shelley Shockley said, "We want to thank our customers for their patience and we want to remind them that during an outage resulting from high winds the biggest problems we face are downed wires, and these are some things to be aware of:

  • Downed power lines - Never touch, move or go near any downed or hanging lines. The first action should be to call 9-1-1 or your local utility. CPP's Trouble Line can be reached by calling 216-664-3156.
  • Do not put your feet in water where a downed line is laying
  • Do not try to move tree limbs
  • If you see someone who has come into contact with a downed line, do not touch them, again call 9-1-1
  • If a line comes down on your car stay inside, roll down your window and warn others to stay away. Call authorities or ask a passerby to call authorities. The only time you should exit a vehicle with a downed line on it is if it has caught fire. If the vehicle is on fire, open the door and jump with both feet together to avoid contact with the car. It is metal and therefore you could receive a shock.

Meanwhile, the City of Cleveland says they have a clean-up plan in place, here are the details:

The Department of Public Works received 157 calls for service to deal with the aftermath of last night's storm.

Cleveland Public Power crews have been working through the night to restore service to approximately 8,000 customers affected by storms overnight. Power has been restored to the remaining 2,500 customers that were still without power due to downed feeders. CPP is now working on some scattered outages due to downed lines.

If anyone is aware of a blocked roadway that is not listed above, please call (216) 664-3104 to report it.

The plan is to have crews remove trees and debris from right-of-ways first, which can take up to 2-3 days; then the crews will go back to cut trees and remove the debris from city-owned tree lawns.

Residents are responsible for the clean-up and removal of any downed trees and/or debris that are on their property. They can cut any trees or large tree limbs down and make bundles to put out on the tree lawn for pick up. City crews will only be clearing the right-of-ways and city-owned.

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