Tornado warning issued for Portage, Stark counties until 7:15 p.m.

April 16, 2018 GMT

Tornado warning issued for Portage, Stark counties until 7:15 p.m.

UPDATE: The tornado warning has been canceled for all counties. 

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Weather Service in Cleveland issued a tornado warning for Portage and Stark counties until 7:15 p.m. tonight. 

According to the warning, at 6:27 p.m. a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Cuyahoga Falls, or near Akron, moving northeast at 25 mph. Additional storms located along the line in Stark County were also capable of producing a tornado.

The weather service says flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.

This dangerous storm will be near Kent, Hudson and Twinsburg around 6:40 p.m. and Streetsboro around 6:50 PM. The tornado could move to Ravenna around 6:55 p.m. and Mantua around 7:00 p.m., then to Garrettsville around 7:15 p.m., according to estimates by the National Weather Service. 

Those in the warned areas need to take cover now. “Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.”

To follow details on the warning, go to the National Weather Service in Cleveland’s website. 

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