Downed power lines block streets in Mentor

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MENTOR, Ohio--  More than 100 homes in Mentor are without power after heavy winds and rain dropped dozens of trees in the area.

The hardest hit was Mentor Avenue at the intersection with Garfield Road as massive tree limbs knocked down power lines, cutting power to at least a hundred homes and possibly more.

Folks who live in the area say at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, they heard a loud boom and saw fire in the sky as a transformer burned.

Downed power lines across Mentor Avenue closed it to traffic most of the night. It was reopened at around 6 a.m. with restrictions.

Illuminating Company workers along with tree-cutting crews are on the scene to try to remove the debris and restore power. Resident said they were told that it may be at least two days before they will have power on in their homes again.

According to FirstEnergy's outage map, nearly 3,000 customers in Lake County were without electricity as of 1 p.m. Wednesday. Most of the affected residents live in Willowick and Eastlake. The company estimated service will be restored by 10 p.m.

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