High Winds Down Wires, Topple Utility Poles

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PARMA, Ohio — The whipping winds overnight left a mess in some cities across the viewing area.

Employees from the Illuminating Company on Wednesday morning were working on a damaged utility pole on West Pleasant Valley Road and Skylark Drive in Parma.

Parma police say the high winds cracked the pole and caused it to catch fire. Several nearby residents lost power.

West Pleasant Valley Road was closed in both directions from Malibu Drive to Ann Arbor Drive. Police were on the scene to redirect traffic, but motorists were advised to avoid the area. Repairs were expected to be completed around noon.

In Kirtland, the intersection of Route 6 and Route 306 was closed while crews cleaned up downed power lines.

Further east, in Mentor, Garfield Road was closed between Mentor Avenue and Johnnycake Ridge Road. Mentor police said a tree fell on some power lines and brought down the utility pole across the road.

Many residents in the surrounding area lost power. CEI employees were on the scene to work on repairs.

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