Pounding Rain Soaks Area - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Pounding Rain Soaks Area

Northeast, OH - A hot, humid and wet afternoon and night expected with a thunderstorms popping up in and out of the region today.

The storms will come in waves and keep moving. Each batch of rain will be good for the lawn but bad for travel.

More than two inches fell in one hour in Cleveland during this morning torrential downpour.

About 14,000 people across the viewing area are without power with residents in Westlake, Strongsville and Garfield Heights the most affected.

Crews are currently working to restore power and hope to have everyone back online by this evening. 

The storm knocked out electricity and some backup power at Saint Vincent Charity Hospital.

Metro also saw it's share of problems - after about two inches of water seeped into the hospital's emergency room.

Ambulances were forced to take patients elsewhere but people who are driving in their own vehicles to the hospital were not turned away. 

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo closed when water flooded a parking lot, box office and some offices.

Luckily, no animals were affected.

Here is what you can expect for Tuesday:

TUESDAY:  Mostly cloudy, Hot & Humid with showers & Thunderstorms, especially this afternoon.  High: 88.  Wind: SW 10-15 mph.

TUESDAY NIGHT:  Evening Rain & Thunderstorms, tapering off overnight.  Muggy.  Low: 74.  Wind: West 10-15 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Warm & Humid.  High: 86.  Wind: NW 5-10 mph.

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