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Powerful storms race through U.S. Northeast

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Thursday, July 11, 2013, 10:27 AM -

Residents are cleaning up after a line of severe thunderstorms ripped through the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys on Wednesday, causing massive power outages and downed trees.

According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center, roughly 300 reports of either wind damage or high winds, greater than 90 km/h, were reported. 

The majority of the severe weather covered a swath from eastern Illinois and Indiana into Ohio, western Pennsylvania, southwest New York, and northern West Virginia. 

The U.S. National Weather Service is planning to conduct damage surveys from Indiana to Pennsylvania Thursday. 

A tornado was reported in New Beaver, Pennsylvania, about 45 minutes outside of Pittsburgh. 

The video above shows the funnel coming down from the cloud and touching the ground. There were reports of numerous trees down in the area, but so far, no injuries have been reported.

The storms also caused flash flooding in Pittsburgh with several cars and neighbourhoods inundated with water.

Public safety officials warned drivers to avoid some areas of the city where main roads were swamped.

Buildings were torn apart and power was knocked out to thousands in Peru, Indiana. 

Officials were forced to block off some roads because of downed powerlines in the area. 

Minor injuries were reported by customers in stores hard hit by the storms. 

Meanwhile, powerful wind gusts in Ohio were strong enough to rip off Cleveland's City Hall roof. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that five tractor trailers were overturned in the storm. A power line had fallen onto one semi-tractor trailer, leaving a person trapped inside.

With files from CNN

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