Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Wiring mix-up led to Westlake's Maria Latona paying too much for 12 years.
Westlake resident Maria Latona was shocked (pardon the pun) to find out she'd been paying for her neighbor's electricity instead of her own the last 12 years. After the discovery was made, she turned to WEWS and their consumer affairs reporter Joe Pagonakis when she could not get anywhere with FirstEnergy. It turned out that, when Latona's condo was built, the wiring to the meters for her and her neighbor were switched. Latona told WEWS she was paying $100 a month more than what she should have been paying. After the TV station got involved, FirstEnergy gave Latona a check for $3,400. That would cover six of the 12 years of being overcharged, and Latona's not satisfied with that. She wants to be reimbursed in full. What do you think? …
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 …
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.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Rain turns to ice and wreaks havoc.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Dave Wilson
Monday, February 21, 2011
Icy conditions have contributed to a series of power outages in several Patch areas on Monday. Particularly hard hit are Lakewood and Shaker Heights. FirstEnergy spokesperson Mark Durbin said, “We’re hopeful” to get power restored soon, but some areas may not be restored until Tuesday. About 2,043 Westlake residents were without power according to Karen Goodson, Manager External Affairs for FirstEnergy. As of about 9 a.m. Monday, 4,800 Lakewood customers were without power, Durbin said, and 1,200 Shaker Heights customers were without power. Westlake Police was reporting sporadic outages throughout the city but urged residents not to call the department with questions about when their power would be restored. FirstEnergy is in "storm mode…