October 31, 2014

Medina
Rain
47°F

Storm flooding results in ‘vehicles floating uphill’ in Medina County

Readers, send your photos of Monday’s storm to areanews@medina-gazette.com. Give us your name and a description of where and what you photographed, and your photos may show up online or even in the print newspaper!

Sarah Bowden Riegler posted her photo of a funnel cloud over flooded streets in Chippewa Lake on The Gazette’s Facebook page. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Sarah Bowden Riegler posted her photo of a funnel cloud over flooded streets in Chippewa Lake on The Gazette’s Facebook page. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Tornado warnings were issued, sirens blared and funnel clouds were sighted, but there were no reports of a twister touching down.

But Monday night’s severe thunderstorms brought torrential rains that caused flooding throughout Medina County.

The National Weather Service sounded a tornado warning Monday for Medina County and central Summit County from 8 to 8:45 p.m.

An additional tornado warning was extended for southeastern Medina County until 9:30 p.m.

The warning was issued after “Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Medina,” according to the NWS report.

Sirens sounded twice — after the warning was issued and again at 8:35 p.m.

A flood warning was issued for Medina, Lorain and Cuyahoga counties, effective until 4 a.m.

Police and the Medina County Sheriff’s Office were overwhelmed with calls for help and reports of stalled vehicles and crashes caused by low visibility.

Scanner radio traffic became a stream of calls for help:

• In Brunswick, people were reported trapped in their car on Van Buren Way because of the flooding.

• Five vehicles were stalled on Hadcock Road, also in Brunswick.

• A vehicle had water up to its windows on Sleepy Hollow Road and Marks Road in Brunswick Hills Township. Emergency responders rescued the victims safely.

• In Medina, Forest Meadows Drive at North Jefferson Street in Medina became submerged in water.

• Multiple vehicles were reported stalled in deep water on Smokerise Drive and Guilford Drive in Medina.

“They’re crazy for going through this deep water but they should be OK,” an emergency responder said over the radio. Two feet of water was reported on the street.

• Reagan Parkway at North Court Street was flooded as emergency vehicles blocked off the intersection with barricades and flares.

“This water is chin high and we have vehicles floating uphill,” one emergency responder was heard describing an apartment complex parking lot.

The National Weather Service is predicting more thunderstorms through Thursday that could produce localized flooding.

Today’s forecast calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 10 a.m., and partly sunny skies, with a high near 83.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @adavisreports.