CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Strong winds began whipping through Cleveland Wednesday morning, and by the afternoon there were several reports of large trees and wires down in the area.
Around 11 p.m. Wednesday, 78,000 were still in the dark in northeast Ohio. Part of the problem is there are outages all over Ohio as well as neighboring states, so there are no extra crews to call in for help.
The earliest estimate to get everything back on is late Thursday night.
RTA even replaced all rail services with buses Wednesday evening, citing weather and power outages.
ASHTABULA (OH) 6,600
CUYAHOGA (OH) 34,400
GEAUGA (OH) 8,400
LAKE (OH) 4,000
LORAIN (OH) 1,100
LUCAS (OH) 7,200
PORTAGE (OH) 3,200
SUMMIT (OH) 6,500
TRUMBULL (OH) 1,000
In possibly the worst example of wind damage Wednesday, multiple crushed cars sat under a giant tree in the parking lot of Avon Lake High School.