Severe weather in the area knocked down trees in Akron, caused power outages for some FirstEnergy customers and delayed the Cleveland Indians game about 2½ hours Saturday.

A couple thousand households in the region lost power. By 9 p.m. Saturday, about 540 in Summit County and about 850 in Stark County were still without electricity, according to the utility's website. Wayne County reported nearly 75 outages, and Portage, about three dozen.

Winds in South Akron toppled many trees, according to Akron Firefighters Local 330. "We also responded to I76E at Innovation Way," the union posted on Twitter. "The damage to the center barrier was incredible. Luckily, no major injuries were reported."

A 72 mph wind gust was measured at the Akron Fulton International Airport at about 3:45 p.m., the National Weather Service in Cleveland tweeted, adding, "These storms are packing a punch!"

As of Saturday evening, severe thunderstorm warnings had been lifted for Stark and Portage counties; there were no National Weather Service warnings in effect for Northeast Ohio.

The weather, which affected much of Northeast Ohio, delayed the Indians game in Cleveland. The first pitch, originally scheduled for 4:10 p.m., was postponed until 6:55.

Storms have buffeted the central Plains and Midwest all spring, inundating the ground and leaving rain with nowhere to go but into already bloated waterways. The region's most recent spate of bad weather and flooding has been blamed for at least nine deaths.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, the swollen Arkansas River was 4 feet above flood stage as officials warned some residents to evacuate. Mayor G.T. Bynum said levees built in the 1940s haven't had to hold back this much water since 1986.

About 55 miles southeast of Tulsa, the small town of Braggs was completely surrounded by water and without power, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

Downriver in northwestern Arkansas, 100 to 200 residents had already evacuated their homes in the state's second-largest city of Fort Smith.

In Indiana, officials said Saturday that water levels had dropped slightly on a rain-swollen creek in the north of the state where a 4-year-old boy was swept away Thursday. The boy has not been found.

Meanwhile, weak-to-moderate tornadoes touched down Friday in Iowa and Kansas, but no injuries were reported.