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Blustery winds impact travel, cause power outages and damages (live blog)

Updated: Mar. 26, 2021 at 10:27 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Friday morning brought a severe storm with heavy winds and fast-moving rain showers.

Click here for the 19 First Alert Forecast.

The 19 First Alert Weather Day was canceled around 10:30 a.m. Friday as wind continues to improve. 19 News is working to learn more about the storm’s impact. Return for updates.

POWER LOSS

Many woke up in the dark Friday morning. 35,000 or so FirstEnergy customers in Northeast Ohio are without power as of 11:30 a.m., according to their outage map.

Cleveland Public Power shared this update as crews work to restore power to approximately 620 customers:

High winds on Friday morning left a utility line near W. 130th Street damaged and nearly fallen...
High winds on Friday morning left a utility line near W. 130th Street damaged and nearly fallen over.(Kevin Dorenkott | (Source: WOIO))

TRAVEL IMPACTS

Drivers must be on the lookout for fallen trees and utility poles. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reported closures and delays Friday morning across multiple counties. Stay alert on less-traveled, rural roads.

Remember: If your windshield wipers are on, your headlights should be on. Adjust driving speeds when rain impacts road visibility.

WIND DAMAGES

A Rocky River family is okay after a tree fell on their home.

A Rocky River family is okay after a tree fell on their home.
A Rocky River family is okay after a tree fell on their home.((Source: 19 News viewer))

Cleveland Division of Fire issued a warning to stay away from wires after a tree fell onto a car on Rustic Road.

An Elyria home is damaged after trees fell on the garage during heavy winds.

Email 19 News at 19tips@woio.com with photos of wind damages in your area. You may see them on TV and online. Include your name and location.

VIDEO

Traffic Anchor Jamie Sullivan and Meteorologist Jeff Tanchak provided an update on weather and road conditions for Friday morning commuters.

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