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Weather service: Tornado touched down in Clinton County

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Storm damage ripped trees out across the region. This large tree fell in Springboro. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown) Storm damage ripped trees out across the region. This large tree fell in Springboro. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown)
The National Weather Service is checking to see if this storm damage in Clinton County is from a tornado. (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Vilines) The National Weather Service is checking to see if this storm damage in Clinton County is from a tornado. (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Vilines)
A tree crashed onto a house on Barberry Avenue in Hyde Park early Thursday (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama) A tree crashed onto a house on Barberry Avenue in Hyde Park early Thursday (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama)
A tree fell on a house in Springboro. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown) A tree fell on a house in Springboro. (FOX19 NOW/Jessica Brown)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Severe thunderstorms with high winds tore through the Tri-State early Thursday, downing trees and power lines and knocking out power to thousands. 

Trees smashed down on at least three homes: One in Springboro and two in Hyde Park. 

No injures were reported.

The National Weather Service in Wilmington confirmed an EF0 tornado touched down three miles southwest of Wilmington in Clinton County,

Winds from the tornado reached a maximum 80 mph, according to NWS. The path length and width is still under investigation. 

Thousands of Duke Energy customers remain without power across the area due to the weather, according to the utility's website. At the peak of the outage earlier, some 34,000 woke up in the dark.

"All crews will work longer hours to work on the outages," said Sally Thelen, a Duke spokeswoman.

It's not clear yet how soon power will be restored, she said, since the damage just occurred overnight and Duke crews are still assessing damage.

Several roads are closed or partially blocked by fallen trees and utility poles, including Kellogg Avenue between Salem Road and Interstate 275 and Ohio 32 at Church Street.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect til 6 p.m. for Hamilton, Clermont, Butler, Warren, Clinton Brown, Highland Adams counties in Ohio; Franklin County in Indiana and Mason and Lewis counties in Kentucky.

Earlier, heavy rain crossed downtown Cincinnati about 4:45 a.m., along with gusty winds, lightning and penny to pea-size hail.

A storm hit the northern portion of Butler County hard just before 3 a.m. before sweeping into Warren and Clinton counties.

Lightning was vivid as winds push southeast at 60 mph.

Reports of damage, mostly trees down in roads, quickly came in from Oxford and Madison Township in Butler County; Springboro and Clearcreek Township in Warren Counties and along Ohio 22 in the Ogden area of Clinton County, which is considered impassable.

Ohio 73 also was impassable in Waynesville, but it is back open. Several restaurants, gas stations and shops in the area are closed, however, due to the power outage.

Thunderstorm chances will linger into Thursday afternoon, mainly from Hamilton County and south and east of Cincinnati.

The severe risk is not high, and much of these storms will be scattered.

Otherwise, expect a cloudy day with some breaks and a high of 88 degrees.

We will dry out Friday through the weekend with lower humidity Friday and Saturday.

Temperatures Friday will be in the mid-80s and push into the upper 80s by Saturday and Sunday.

We'll continue to monitor the progress of this storm complex and bring you the latest on-air and online.

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