Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Check out these safety tips for before, during and after winter storms.
Northeast Ohio, including Brecksville, is expected to see heavy snow Wednesday afternoon and evening. The American Red Cross has a few tips for what to do during and after the storm, including what to do if there’s a power outage: For more safety tips, including what to have ready for the next storm, check out the full PDFs from the Red Cross above.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Another windy Monday with residents in the dark
Updated 7:37 p.m. A week after power was finally fully restored in Westlake following Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of homes are back in the dark. As of 1:30 p.m. Monday, 806 customers in Westlake were without power. Power was restored in some homes soon after that. At 7:37 p.m., no outages were reported in Westlake. According to a FirstEnergy statement given by spokesperson Mark Durbin to Avon-Avon Lake Patch, a fire on a pole in Westlake just after 11:45 a.m. affected a subtransmission line. About 8,500 customers were without power in Avon, North Ridgeville, North Olmsted and Westlake. Durbin said FirstEnergy expected the power to be fully restored by 2:30 p.m. The company said at its website that the area "is experiencing power outages due …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Power outages are expected across Northeast Ohio due to strong winds from Hurricane Sandy.
More than 12,000 customers who have lost power in Westlake could remain without power until tomorrow afternoon, according to FirstEnergy. Spokesperson Mark Durbin said that these outages are generally due to high winds brought on by Hurricane Sandy, but added that crews are in a tough spot when it comes to repairs. "We are currently in a situation where, until the wind stops blowing, we’re not going to have a good handle on restoration time," he said. "If crews can safely make a repair we will do that, but we’re not sending crews up in bucket in 60-mile-per-hour winds." Some repairs can be done from the ground, he stressed. He added that if you have an outage, it's very important to report it. The National Weather Service has issued a …
Residents are starting to see the high winds and power outages that Hurricane Sandy has pushed to our area.
Residents in Northeast Ohio are beginning to see the impact of Hurricane Sandy as high winds cause power outages across the area and huge waves on Lake Erie. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for all of Northeast Ohio effective until 4 p.m. Tuesday. More coverage: Hurricane Sandy in Northeast Ohio These winds will be sustained at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts of up to 65 miles per hour, the NWS predicts. In addition, a lakeshore flooding warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Waves on the lake could reach up to 22 feet high and the lake will rise three feet over normal levels. A flood watch is in effect for all of Northeast Ohio as we face steady and sometimes heavy rain through Tuesday evening. All …
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. The hurricane is expected to bring strong winds to all of Northeast Ohio for a roughly 24-hour period beginning this evening. 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. More coverage: Hurricane Sandy in Northeast Ohio “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 …
Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power.
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to bring high winds and power outages to Northeast Ohio today, food safety is a concern. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." Generally…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Frankenstorm is likely to impact Northeast Ohio; here's what you can do to prepare.
The path of Hurricane Sandy's impact stretches as far inland as Northeast Ohio, and meteorologists warn that high winds could cause power outages in the area early next week. More: How Will 'Frankenstorm' Affect Northeast Ohio? The Red Cross recommends that local residents have a power outage preparedness kit that includes water, food, flashlights, a radio, first aid kit, emergency documents and extra cash in case of a prolonged or widespread power outage. More on power outage preparedness here. The organization also has a Hurricane Safety app that includes a bunch of useful features, even for those of us who don't live in a hurricane-prone area, including: More info on that app — as well as the Red Cross' handy first aid app — here.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The heat wave continues, tips on keeping your house safe and more!
1) Thousands of FirstEnergy customers lost power yesterday as temperatures creeped into the low 90s. The Greater Cleveland area had about 20,000 residents without electricity, but Westlake was lucky enough to be spared an afternoon without the AC. 2) Speaking of heat, the Midwest heat wave continues today with the high reaching 87 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Check out these tips from our health columnist on how to ward off dehydration. 3) Westlake's own Michael McCaffrey shot an impressive 47 on nine holes at the Northern Ohio PGA Junior Golf Pups Tour at Old Pine Golf Course. He didn't qualify for the next round, but it's still impressive! 4) Are you going on vacation soon? Our friends at Avon Patch have put …
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
About 6,000 in Westlake and Bay Village were without power for several hours Tuesday night.
Parts of Westlake and Bay Village went dark Tuesday night when a transformer blew at a Westlake substation around 9 p.m. According to a spokesperson for the Illuminating Co., about 6,000 customers in Westlake and Bay Village were affected. Crews went to work Tuesday night to transfer the load between other local substations. Crews will also start working to fix the blown transformer, but that will take at least a day's work. The company expects to have power restored to most customers around 2 a.m. If you're experiencing an outage, report it by calling 1-888-544-487.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday's storm left thousands without power all over Northeast Ohio.
About 200 Westlake residents were still without power Thursday afternoon following high winds and pouring rain on Wednesday.Among the damage was four downed power lines and 14 fallen trees or limbs, said Westlake Police Cpt. Guy Turner. Officers closed Westwood Road at Clague Road due to a fallen power line at about 5:15 p.m. The fallen power line caused another outage at the intersection Thursday afternoon. Nearly 36,000 Cleveland area residents were still without power around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, down from 64,000 during the storm said Mark Durbin, spokesman for The Illuminating Company. About 500 homes in Westlake lost power throughout the storm. Winds topping 65 mph were recorded at Hopkins airport by the National Weather Service. Durbin…