Hurricane Sandy: Power Outages Possible in Northeast Ohio
FirstEnergy preparing for outages across the area as high winds are expected to gust for roughly 24 hours.
Hurricane Sandy could cause power outages beginning tonight and into tomorrow evening in Northeast Ohio, a FirstEnergy spokesperson said.
Crews have been sent from Ohio to the East Coast, where damage is expected to be more severe and widespread, spokesperson Mark Durbin said, but crews in Northeast Ohio are fully equipped to respond the storm.
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“We would not have sent those crews if we didn’t think we had adequate staffing here to deal with outages,” Durbin added.
Though the company is not in “storm mode” yet, crews in Northeast Ohio have been told to prepare for storm response shifts — that’s 16 hours on and 8 hours off — and are watching the storm closely.
Durbin stressed that customers should call 888-544-4877 if you have an outage — even if you think someone else will call — to help the company accurately track and respond to outages in the area.
You can track local outages here, and watch Patch for information as we follow this storm’s impact on our region.