CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Thursday saw another afternoon of severe weather across the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.
Trumbull and Mahoning counties were under severe thunderstorm warnings until about 4:45 p.m.
There was heavy rain and strong wind gusts in Liberty.
Strong winds also brought down trees in Cortland along Fallehn Drive. The property owner Tyler Oriti says his tree was hit by lightning. He says he was sitting inside his home when he saw the lightning.
He heard the clap of thunder almost immediately. When Oriti checked the backyard, a big branch from his Weeping Willow tree was on the ground after taking down a number of other branches.
“Weeping Willows are usually pretty resistant trees. They can usually take some wind damage, and it was only blowing about 30 or 40 miles per hour or so,” Oriti said.
He figured cleanup would only take him a few hours, and he says he’s looking forward to having a reason to break out the chainsaw.
For much of the area, the main issue was rain, like in Youngstown. You may see some ponding, but we haven’t gotten any reports of flooding yet.