The severe weather that tore through Northeast Ohio Wednesday afternoon is gone, but its effects are still being felt.
Several thousand people are still without power across Northeast Ohio after severe weather ripped through the area Wednesday. FirstEnergy reports about 600 people in Summit, Stark, Portage, and Medina Counties are still in the dark. American Electric Power reports about 2,700 homes are without power in Wayne County and another 500 in Stark County.
The American Red Cross opened a shelter yesterday at 501 W. Market St. for anyone displaced by the weather.
The high water has not yet receded in some areas, causing many area roads to still be closed.
Wednesday's storms brought tornado warnings to several local counties and heavy flooding to some parts of the Akron area.
Numerous people called WAKR's Chuck Collins on his show to tell him what they were seeing as they tried to navigate the Akron area.
One caller reported Lock 3 in Downtown Akron was flooded all the way up to the stage.Another caller in South Akron said he saw what looked like "a good couple of feet of water" near Brittain Road east of Newton Street.
Many traffic signals were without power and some of the area highways flooded, causing a traffic nightmare during the evening commute.