Power Plan: How to Handle Storm Outages

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AKRON-- Get those candles ready and have those flashlights handy.

The overnight storm could bring powerful rain and high winds; winds strong enough to topple trees and down power lines, leaving people in the dark.

A FirstEnergy spokesman said they have meteorologists tracking the storm and crews working throughout the night.

"Hard to tell as far as are there going to be any outages right now, probably, but we don't know how many. We are aware of it. We have extra personnel standing by, ready to go," Mark Durbin with FirstEnergy said.

If the lights go off in your home do not assume the power company knows about it. Durbin said you need to call them and tell them.

"We ask everyone to call us if they don't have power because it helps our automated processing system better determine where the larger pockets are, and then we go to those larger pockets and get those restored faster, than let's say, one or two people without power," Durbin said.

You can track power outages with an interactive map on the FirstEnergy website.

Also, stay away from downed power lines; even if they do not look live, assume they are.

"If you see a power line down, by all means, stay away from it," Durbin said.

To report power outages call (888) LIGHTSS or (888) 544-4877.

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