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Strong storms with winds up to 75 mph moved through Northeast Ohio late Wednesday into Thursday morning, causing damage and extensive power outages.

The storms hit land just before midnight and continued to move through the region until after 2 a.m.

In Willoughby Hills and Kirtland area, NewsChannel5 Chief Meteorologist Mark Johnson said radar indicated a wind gust of up to 80 mph at about 12:42 a.m.

POWER OUTAGES:

FirstEnergy’s website is reporting tens of thousands of customers without power across the region.

Here are the latest numbers as of 5:20 a.m.:

Cuyahoga County

OVERALL: More than 20,000

HARDEST HIT: Cleveland (10,000+), Parma (5,000+), Garfield Heights (2,000+), Warrensville Heights (2,000+)

Summit County

OVERALL: More than 2,000

HARDEST HIT: Akron (500+)

Lorain County

OVERALL: More than 5,000

HARDEST HIT: Elyria (2,000+), Avon Lake (500+), Grafton (500+), Lorain (500+)

Geauga County

OVERALL: More than 5,000

HARDEST HIT: Chagrin Falls (500+), Chesterland (500+), Newbury (500+)

Portage County

OVERALL: More than 500

HARDEST HIT: Kent (500+)

When the storm first hit land, at least 500 in each Sandusky and Erie counties were without electricity.

DAMAGE REPORTS:

* 5:55 a.m.: Interstate 480 has re-opened in Brooklyn after a large powerline was blown down across the road at about 12:30 a.m.

* 5:32 a.m.: Police in Cleveland said that the eastbound lanes of the Shoreway in Lakewood at Lake and Clifton will be closed for much of the day.

* 2:42 a.m.: Police in Geauga County confirm that part of the roof of the Giant Eagle store in Chesterland on Route 302 near 322 has collapsed.

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* 2:33 a.m.: Police in Cleveland are blocking the Shoreway near Lake & Clifton due to a tree and power lines down in the area.

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