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Flooding, heavy rain, a small earthquake and two tornadoes hit Ohio in a 24-hour span

Posted at 11:58 AM, Jun 17, 2019

CLEVELAND — Downpours over the weekend are bringing flooding to a wide swath of northeast Ohio . Residents woke up to their yards saturated in water and streets barely recognizable. The video above was captured by WEWS photographers in Barberton, Ohio. It shows residents walking in knee-high water with their dogs and vehicles taking a big risk by driving through unknown depths of flooded streets.

State of Emergency

In Wayne County, the City of Rittman declared a state of emergency due to flooding. More on this story here.

Roads closures

Areas hit hardest by the flooding include many cities in Summit County, such as Barberton, Copley and Norton. Entire intersections are underwater.

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Flooding near Barberton High School

In Copley, Pigeon Creek overflowed, causing Knox Boulevard to be closed to vehicle access, but that didn't stop people from trying.

Rainfall totals

The National Weather Service said rainfall reports from the past 48 hours reveal many areas south of Cleveland received more than three inches of rain.

Small earthquake

As if all this rain wasn't enough, a 1.5-magnitude earthquake hit Willowick, Ohio, on Sunday night. This one comes on the heels of the 4.2-magnitude quake that was centered north of Lake County in Lake Erie last week. More on the small earthquake here.


The National Weather Service confirmed that not one but two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in northeast Ohio Sunday.

This story was originally published by Kaylyn Hlavaty on WEWS .