July 1, 2016

Intermittent clouds

Winds knock out power

Several hundred residents in the Medina area experienced power outages Monday night due to high winds.

Ellen Raines, spokeswoman for FirstEnergy, said the number of outages in Northeast Ohio was significantly higher than usual  “so that indicates there is some weather event that affects power.”

She said outages were mostly concentrated in Medina, which had about 1,500 customers without power, and Akron, which had about 1,900 customers in the dark. However, she said there were outages across their service area of Northeast Ohio.

“It sounds like the wind is still blowing, so the numbers are going to get higher before they get lower,” she said.
She said it was too early to tell how long it would take to restore power.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory until 5 this morning. Such an advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 mph or gusts will range between 46 and 57 mph.

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