COLUMBUS: Severe thunderstorms and high winds have replaced hot, humid temperatures across parts of Ohio, leaving thousands of residents without power.


The National Weather Service said Friday the storms could produce large hail and winds over 70 mph.


American Electric Power of Ohio reported nearly 100,000 customers without power across Ohio, including 11,000 in Hancock County in northern Ohio, nearly 17,000 in Allen County in western Ohio and more than 40,000 in Franklin County in central Ohio.


The fast-moving storm quickly darkened skies and lowered temperatures following a day of near record highs.