COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --Strong storms brought heavy rain, high winds and vivid lightning to central Ohio Wednesday night and early Thursday, leaving thousands of customers without power.

AEP says Franklin, Licking and Fairfield counties were hardest hit. Click here to check the latest outage numbers.

High winds in northeast Ohio blew off part of the roof of a high school gym in Geauga County.  No injuries were reported.

The storms came as residents of Summit and Stark counties in northeast Ohio were dealing with widespread flooding from heavy rain earlier in the week.

Forecasters say more storms are possible Thursday, though the chance for severe weather is not as strong.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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