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Storms roll through Lorain County

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    An ominous formation of clouds on the front of the afternoon storms that came through Lorain County on Thursday afternoon.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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    Ominous clouds roll in north of Fowl Road in Elyria on Thursday.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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Scattered thunderstorms rolled through Lorain County Thursday afternoon and night, with one report of more than an inch of rain in 10 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Oberlin and Wellington late Thursday afternoon, according to meteorological technician Brian Mitchell with the National Weather Service’s Cleveland office.

“We had one stronger storm, come into the western part of the county, 3:30-4p.m. (It) came into Oberlin, down to Wellington and it kind of weakened after that,” he said. “It really produced brief heavy rains. We had one report of almost a 1.25 inch of rain in 10 minutes, (but that was) farther north closer to the lake.”

He said the most common reports were between three-quarters to an inch of rain in about 10 minutes.

There was a flood advisory in effect for Lorain County from about 4 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. due to the brief downpours. Mitchell said there were no specific reports of flooding, but said the heavy rain could have flooded some roads and caused temporary problems in low-lying or poor-draining areas.

The National Weather Service later issued a severe thunderstorm warning and flood advisory for Lorain County and much of north central Ohio as a second band of storms came through the area. The nighttime storm’s high winds toppled several trees in the county.

The rain was caused, in part, by the humid weather much of Northeast Ohio has endured this past week, Mitchell said.

“We do have a fairly strong cold front working its way across the region,” he said. “The air mass with the really warm temperature and the humid, warm conditions was just the right conditions to kick off some showers and heavier thunderstorms.”

Mitchell said the weather service received photos of a possible afternoon tornado in Lorain County, but there were no confirmed reports. He said there may have been some isolated high winds that could have caused damage.

“(There) were some pretty threatening-looking clouds, but these storms weren’t the type to generally produce tornados,” he said.

Moving forward the county can look forward to some dry weather this weekend.

“Things (are) looking quite better once we get into the early morning hours of Friday (today),” he said. “Still got a decent area of showers and thunderstorms coming across Lake Erie … a lot of it may be east of (Lorain County) but once we get into (today) it looks really nice and dry into the middle of next week.”

Contact Carissa Woytach at 440-329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.
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