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Storm barrels through OH and MI damaging trees, power lines

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An unconfirmed tornado was caught on tape in central Illinois. An unconfirmed tornado was caught on tape in central Illinois.

(WTOL) - Several areas suffered damage to trees and power lines early Wednesday when thunderstorms barreled through northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Nearby states experienced more severe weather including several unconfirmed tornadoes.

So far, no injuries have been reported.

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One area hit hard locally was in Oregon near Maumee Bay State Park, especially around Stadium and Bayshore. High winds tore through this neighborhood just after midnight. Police say there are many tree limbs and utility lines down in the area. There are even reports that several people were trapped inside their home after a tree fell on it.

In Wood County, lightning is being blamed for causing a home to go up in flames. It happened just after 4 p.m. at a house in the 13,000 block of Middleton Pike in Middleton Township. One woman was inside the home when the lightning struck. She was able to get out and called 911. It took firefighters a couple of hours to get the fire completely under control.

Catawba Island has closures according to this news tip emailed to WTOL. Sand Road on Catawba Island is closed from West Catawba Road to Christy Chapel due to having five poles snapped off and two trees blocking the road. This area has wires down and debris littering the roadway.

Power Outages

Early Wednesday, Toledo Edison showed a maximum of 3,500 people without power. AEP had less than 2,000 customers without power.

To report an outage:

First Energy asks customers to complete a form to report am outage. To report a fallen power line, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).

AEP also offers a form to report a power outage.

Consumers Energy customers can call 800-477-5050.

Other areas

A suspected tornado was caught on tape in central Illinois. High winds also blew rail cars off of tracks in that state.

In Arkansas, several homes have been damaged by falling trees.

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