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FirstEnergy: Power Could Be Out Through Sunday

Make preparations for possibility of no power through Sunday

Updated: Click here to read what to do if you may need shelter this week. Time sensitive.

FirstEnergy Representative Mark Durbin said that Avon Lake was one of the hardest hit communities in Northeast Ohio following Monday's storm and his company’s goal was to have most power restored by Saturday morning or 6 p.m. on Sunday.

More than 5,000 customers lost power in Avon Lake.

“Our goal is the weekend if not sooner,” Durbin said. “We’re trying to refine restoration.”

A notation on FirstEnergy's "storm restoration" page said the majority of Lorain County customers are "expected to be restored by noon on Friday, November 2."

Some areas of Avon Lake have already been restored and Durbin credited that to an area that crews could get to and get the most customers up and running.

He said crews are scattered throughout Northeast Ohio and there was no set plan to get one community restored over another, but the company would devote workers where the most restoration is possible.

That means a pocket in Strongsville may see power restored before moving on to another area, if that restoration means more people with power than, say, Avon Lake.

“That’s our goal,” he said of the weekend restoration “There may still be an isolated case or two that is longer. We don’t want to be locked into a timeframe.”

He said the wind combined with the rain was especially problematic and the storm was "serious."

“The wind blows the tree and the limbs, but the rain saturation caused the ground to soften for” he said.

Residents should make preparations for the possibility of being without power through the weekend.

Buck98 November 01, 2012 at 07:03 PM
yes... because the government certainly has done a bang up job dealing with this as well... The Mayor... "Uh... I was supposed to get a call at 9:00... he didn't... so I don't know.".... They just started opening doors for the public. The government has failed as much as the power company
AvonLaker1234 November 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM
CNN reporting: "Ohio Governor sending crews to assist with NJ power issues even though OH has challenges.."
Jason Baird November 01, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Oakwood drive just went live! (well at my house ;))
Tim Allen November 02, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I CALLED THE MAYORS OFFICE YESTERDAY, PISSED AS HELL, THEY HAD NO INFORMATION ABOUT ANYTHING, ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!! HE SHOULD OF BEEN UP ON THIS DAILY!.TODAY HE GIVES A STATEMENT AFTER THE INFORMATION IS ALREADY OUT. NO CREWS OUT IN ANY OF AVON LAKE OR LOCAL COMMUNITIES! I AM REDDY TO SUE SOMEONE!! THIS IS UNEXCUSEABLE!!! SOMEONE NEEDS TO ANSWER FOR THIS! LIKE I SAID NO CREWS IN THE AREA!!!! SOME LAWS NEED TO BE CHANGED!!!!
Tracy McGinty November 03, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Thanks for speaking for us victims who are without power. I emailed him and he responded with " What street do you live on"? I am mostly pissed that there are NO crews working on anything. Now we have to start worrying about our pipes freezing up. Laws do need to change, we are paying customers just like the people on the east coast.

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