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Ohio Valley Cleaning Up After Evening Storms

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Communities across the Ohio Valley were cleaning up Thursday after a band of storms passed through Wednesday night.

Every corner of the Ohio Valley experienced heavy winds and rains staring at 5 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

One of the hardest hit areas from the storm was Clearview Avenue in Ohio County.

WTRF was told it looked like a microburst hit in that area. Nearly 30 trees were damaged and power lines were snapped. Clearview Fire Chief Sean Reinacher says without the help of residents they would have never gotten the area cleaned up.

Below Clearview, in Warwood, crews worked to clean-up streets blocked by downed trees. On Richland Avenue a large tree limb had taken out a power line near 19th Street.

On Hazlett Avenue near 3rd Street, a large tree limb had the entire street blocked.

Trees fell all over the streets of Dillonvale, Ohio. One tree fell right in front of a Catholic Church on 39 Smithfield Street after it was struck by lightning.  Also, a Tompson and Sons Bakery sign was almost bent in half from high speed winds.

As of early Thursday morning, thousands remain without power across the Ohio Valley. For the latest outage number and projected restoral time:

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Severe storms are crossing multiple counties within the Ohio Valley causing power outages, flooding and other damage.

In Ohio, there are more than 20,000 people within the viewing area who are without power. This is according to AEP Ohio, Mon Power and South Central Power. 

According to the Carroll County EMA, all water ways within the county are flooded. State Route 9 and Route 39 are closed at Killgore due to flooding. 

Calls have been pouring into the newsroom regarding fallen trees and downed power lines. According to 7 News Chief Meteorologist Dr. Dave Walker, the storms have now passed over the Ohio River and are moving over the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Power outages have already been reported in Brooke and Hancock counties exceeding 3,000 customers. 

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Rain poured over the Ohio Valley on Tuesday night, hitting areas like Paden City hard.

On Robinson and Helen streets, water poured from a hillside leaving mud in its wake. Water also uncovered a three-inch gas line belonging to Mountaineer Gas.

A huge sinkhole formed in the backyard of a home and in part of the road. No word has been received on when it will be repaired.

At around noon Wednesday, flooding was reported at North 12th Street in Weirton, in the Kings Creek area. The Weirton Community Center has opened as a shelter for residents.

The WTRF viewing area is under a flash flood watch through Thursday morning at 6 a.m. WTRF's Dr. Dave Walker says severe storms could be moving through our area from between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday night. Frequent intense lightning, heavy rains, strong gusty winds and large hailstones could fall from some of these storms. Thursday's forecast calls for slowly clearing skies and less humidity. with highs around 80.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh also got hit pretty hard as well. There are numerous parts of streets washed out in areas like Castle Shannon and Mount Lebanon where runoff was heavy from saturated hillsides.

Some drivers had to leave their cars and be rescued by emergency responders who were using jet skis. The outbound lanes of the Fort Pitt Tunnel in Pittsburgh closed due to flooding early this morning, and some light-rail service into the city was shut down by a landslide in Castle Shannon.

A number of roads remained closed at noon.

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