SUMMIT COUNTY — While many in the county who were without power due to inclement weather and high winds on Monday had their electricity back Tuesday morning, at least some of those who are still in the dark may not get power back until Thursday afternoon, FirstEnergy Corp. reports.
Countywide, the number of customers without electricity dropped from more than 6,400 Monday morning to a little over 1,500 about 24 hours later. But communities still contain small pockets without electricity. Area officials reported Monday that trees and power lines had come down in many places.
Among northeast Summit County communities, Tallmadge had the highest number without power at 76 customers scattered in pockets around the city. This was an improvement, however, over Monday when more than 280 customers were without power at one point.
Twinsburg had 59 customers still without power, about what it had the day before and again in pockets around the city.
The biggest improvement could be seen in Macedonia, which at one point had more than 300 customers without power on Monday, a number that dropped to 42 on Tuesday morning and again scattered around the city.
Other communities that improved considerably include Stow, which went from more than 140 customers Monday morning to just a dozen on Tuesday, and Cuyahoga Falls, from more than 130 customers Monday to 33 on Tuesday.
Cuyahoga Falls is a more complicated case, since the majority of the city’s population and businesses receive electricity from the city’s own utility. Assistant Service Director Teresa Hazlett said that as many as 150 of the city’s customers were without power early Monday morning, a number that dropped to seven by late afternoon.
"We have everybody back on power," Hazlett said on Tuesday morning.
Other area communities did not have such dramatic improvements from one day to the next, but neither were there many without power in those communities on Monday. These include Hudson, Munroe Falls, Northfield Village, Reminderville, and Silver Lake, which all had from 15 to 20 customers without power Tuesday, and Boston Heights, Northfield Center, Peninsula, and Sagamore Hills, which all had 10 or fewer customers without power on Tuesday.
Hudson is also a special case, since much of the city is on Hudson Public Power. City spokeswoman Jody Roberts said Monday that the utility received more than 50 calls of outages and branches on wires on Sunday morning, but crews worked all through the day and all night and by Monday morning, all power had been restored.
Sustained winds of nearly 40 mph, coupled with gusts exceeding 60 mph, Sunday night and Monday morning resulted in hundreds of power outages across Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.
FirstEnergy Corp. reports abut 1,300 additional contractor line workers as well as hazard responders were deployed across the region to assist with restoration efforts.
Editor’s note: Reporter Eileen McClory contributed to this story.
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