OHIO -- Fifteen thousand FirstEnergy customers in Northeast Ohio remained without power Tuesday afternoon, nearly two days after strong storms swept through the region.
Eight thousand outages stemmed from a single downed transmission line along Liberty Road in northern Summit County. Utility crews and contractors worked since Sunday night to repair the toppled poles.
As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, the county with the most outages was Summit County with around 9,600.
In Richland County, 940 were without power, along with 1,500 in Geauga County, 850 in Huron County, 2200 in Cuyahoga County and 555 in Ashtabula County.
Power for some may not be restored until Wednesday. Customers affected by the transmission line outage could see power restored by Tuesday night.
FirstEnergy said as many as 300 linemen have been brought in from outside the area to assist.
"With so many downed wires, so many downed trees, limbs, that type of thing, sometimes it's a matter of we can't get into areas to do our thing until some of the tree crews in some cities cleared away some of the debris," said FirstEnergy spokesman, Mark Durbin.
Those without power kept a close eye on warming temperatures in refrigerators and freezers.
Food in refrigerators should be safe if power is out for four hours or less, and a full freezer will maintain temperature for approximately 48 hours if the doors remain closed, according to food safety experts. Discard perishable food items, such as meats, that have been above 40 degrees for more than two hours.
Experts suggest keeping your refrigerator and freezer closed for as long as possible during a power outage.