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Northeast Ohio avoids severe weather, but tornado kills 5 in Missouri

Wednesday brought strong winds and some heavy rain to Northeast Ohio, but the region managed to avoid any severe weather.

Wind gusts of 42 mph were recorded by the National Weather Service in Cleveland. In Lake County, a tree fell onto a car during the afternoon in Perry Township and ended up closing a section of Hale Road for about an hour, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The Weather Service had warned of possibly severe thunderstorms and conditions that could be favorable for a tornado on Wednesday.

While Northeast Ohio avoided serious issues, volatile weather continues to cause havoc nationally in the Midwest and South. A tornado touched down early Wednesday near Glen Allen, Missouri, killing five people and causing widespread damage.

It continues a pattern of severe weather that has spawned dozens of tornadoes that have killed at least 63 people. Last weekend, confirmed or suspected tornadoes in at least eight states caused heavy damage across a broad swath of the country. Forecasters believe the extreme weather conditions could continue for the Midwest and South.

It’s a much different, calmer weather forecast in Northeast Ohio. After highs reached 79 on Wednesday, it won’t be quite as warm on Thursday, with temperatures expected to stay in the low 50s. It also will be breezy, with wind gusts around 20 mph, but skies should be clear during the afternoon.

And the forecast is calling for sunny skies on Friday that will continue well into next week, with temperatures gradually warming and eventually reaching the low 70s by next Wednesday.

Source: Cleve Land