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Strong storms prompts flash flood warning in Henry County

Do not try to drive through flooded roadways

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood warning for most of Henry County and parts of several neighboring counties because of heavy thunderstorms.

The warning issued at 3:48 p.m. stated that 2 to 3 inches of rain had fallen in the warned area and another 1 to 2 inches was likely later Friday. The warning area included parts of Putnam, Defiance, and Paulding counties along with Henry County.

At 4:45 p.m., National Weather Service radar from North Webster, Ind., showed heavy storms traveling along the U.S. 24 corridor southwest of Toledo followed by a wide band of similar weather moving east in eastern Indiana stretching from Muncie to just south of the Michigan border.

At 5:30, the weather service office in Cleveland issued a flash-flood watch for much of the rest of northern Ohio, effective until 4 a.m. The watch means such flooding could occur in that area but is not yet a known hazard.

A flood advisory also had been posted at 3:42 p.m. northern Wood County because of an inch of rain having fallen there and another inch forecast.

The weather service warned motorists not to try to drive through flooded roadways, while people who live along streams should be alert to rapidly rising water.

Scattered power failures also were a result of the storms. As of 6:15 p.m., Toledo Edison said it had 2,120 customers in Lucas County without power and 104 blacked-out customers in Sandusky County, along with lesser numbers in several neighboring counties.

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