TOLEDO, OH (13abc Action News) – Emergency crews scrambled to respond to power outages, stranded motorists and downed tree limbs and power lines Monday evening. Severe storms dumped heavy rains stranding some motorists and prompting at least one water rescue. The number of customers without power due to the storms climbed to 9,874 shortly before 9:00pm. That number dropped to fewer than 8,000 by 9:30pm. Outages were scattered throughout Northwest Ohio.
Numerous roads were blocked because of localized street flooding, downed wires and limbs. Reports were received in Toledo, Sylvania, Rossford, Oregon, Springfield Township and Monroe County, Michigan. Areas of Sylvania appeared to be hardest hit. Live Doppler 13000 showed some minor rotation with a storm cell in that area earlier.
The heavy storms rolled in as predicted about 7:00pm.
The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the 13abc viewing area until 11:00pm Monday but most of the strongest cells were moved out of Toledo by 9:00pm. One storm cell showed weak rotation and a 13abc viewer sent a picture of what appeared to be a tail hanging down from a wall cloud. Numerous lightning strikes were reported as well.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was in effect for Lenawee County in Michigan until 7:00pm and Lucas, Wood, Northern Sandusky and Ottawa Counties were all placed under thunderstorm warnings. Earlier, a warning was issued for northern Hillsdale County. A warning was also issued for Wyandot County until 10:30pm.
City crews were busy answering storm-related calls and requesting high water signs.