MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OH -- Thursday's October snowstorm left Halloween decorations looking more like morbid snowmen.
"We got a surprise. I didn't know we were going to get this snow," Bob Durdella of Mayfield Heights said after shoveling several inches of it off his driveway.
Mayfield Heights was one of the hardest hit with heavy, wet snow.
"The trees still have leaves on them and the weight of the snow is bringing branches down all over the place," Durdella said.
The falling branches took quite a few power lines down with them, causing thousands to be in the dark Thursday.
Most of the outages were in the east-side suburbs.
Empty parking lots along Mayfield Road echoed the signs posted on the storefront doors -- closed, no power.
The Mayfield Heights Fire Department was busy. They normally average about nine calls a day.
"We've gone on approximately 50 calls for weather-related issues," Fire Chief Bruce Elliott said, adding that most of the calls were for reports of downed power lines.
"Some of those power lines have extremely high voltage, so don't touch anything, even if you think it's a cable line. Call the fire department and let us determine if it's a hazard or not," Elliott said.
With no power, Marilyn Taucher of Mayfield Heights didn't want her cold food going bad, so she kept it outside in the cold.
"I can't get over it. October 24 we have this," Taucher said.