Storms pack hail, lightning, spark tornado warning

KINSMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Despite violent storms that rolled through Ohio and Pennsylvania Wednesday night, damage was minimal.

Severe thunderstorms with heavy rain, hail, and lightning sparked a tornado warning for northern Trumbull County Wednesday night.

Golf ball-sized hail was reported in Farmdale and Kinsman. Some localized flooding occurred in the Clarksville Street area of Greenville, Pennsylvania.

A line of storms rolled through extreme northeastern Trumbull County and moved through Pennsylvania late Wednesday night into the early hours of Thursday morning.

No storm damage was reported in Trumbull or Mercer counties.

Farther west, heavy rain led to flash flooding in western Ohio that shut down parts of the two interstate highways and other roads throughout the region.

Storms that moved through the Dayton area Wednesday evening closed parts of Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 for hours. The flooded highways trapped motorists in their cars and kept emergency crews busy into the early hours of Thursday.

Ohio Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed frustrated drivers turning around and driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 70 to find another route. Other motorists could be seen leaving their cars and walking on the highway.

Fire officials said a swollen creek that spilled over a retaining wall caused the I-70 flooding.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency says it is working with officials of three northeast Ohio counties where emergencies were declared because of flood damage from last week’s storms.

The agency says it is helping assess damage in Lorain, Medina and Summit counties. Emergencies were declared at the county level, but none has requested resources that would require a governor’s emergency declaration.

The state agency is urging residents and businesses with storm damage to contact the Renew Rebuild Ohio Loan Program, which assists homeowners with long-term, low-interest loans.

State emergency managers also have been deployed after heavy rain and flooding in western Ohio closed parts of Interstate 70 and Interstate 75 for hours late Wednesday and early Thursday.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

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