ASHLAND — A severe thunderstorm warning went into effect Thursday afternoon for Ashland and parts of Richland counties. 

The National Weather Service gives the area a 20% chance of yet another thunder storm until 2:45 p.m.

The warning comes when nearly 3,000 people throughout Ashland County have yet to regain power to their homes and businesses as a storm ripped through the region early Tuesday morning, according to numbers posted by Ohio Edison and Firelands Electric Cooperative.

The warning also comes during a heat advisory, which went into effect in the area on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Temperatures in Ashland were expected to top out at 90 on Thursday, with a heat index reaching 96. 

The NWS advises people to stay in air conditioned rooms, if possible. If that isn’t possible, the NWS encourages people to drink plenty of fluids, to stay out of the sun and to check on relatives, neighbors and others who might be in need.

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