36,000 customers without power due to high winds in Ohio

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – There are now over 36,000 FirstEnergy customers without power throughout Ohio on Wednesday.

According to FirstEnergy’s outage map, there are about 13,000 customers affected in Cuyahoga County. About 6,000 outages are in Summit County.

Cleveland Public Power says they were also dealing with scattered outages on both the east and west sides of town.

Public Square has been closed after the Christmas tree began to lean due to high winds.

According to the Cleveland Police Department, the square will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic as a precaution.

A high wind warning is in effect for Cuyahoga and Lake counties until 4 a.m. Thursday.

A high wind warning is also in effect for:  Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Lorain, Huron and Crawford counties.

A wind advisory is in effect for Geauga, Ashtabula Inland, Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull, Wayne, Stark, Mahoning and Holmes counties.

**Weather alert updates, here**

You can check the latest outages here.

Earlier Wednesday, thousands of FirstEnergy customers in Avon were without power due to a broke electrical pole.

The pole was broken at Colorado and Chester Rds.

Avon police said there were major traffic tie-ups because of the outages.  At around 1:30 p.m., power was restored to the area.

Meanwhile, The Illuminating Company provided the following statement to Chagrin Valley Dispatch:

“Crews are working to restore approximately 19,000 customers who are currently without service, down from 40,000 total customers affected by today’s storm. All available crews are clearing hazards and making repairs.

50-60 mph winds have been hitting our service territory for the past 6 hours, resulting in a significant number of broken poles, downed wires and other equipment damage. Additionally, crews are unable to work in buckets when winds are in excess of 40 mph, which can hamper restoration efforts. We do expect gusts to settle down to the 40 mph range in the next few hours, except along the lake shore. Wind should begin subsiding by sunrise.

We are continuing to assess damage in order to provide estimated restoration times. We will post them to our outage map as soon as they are available: http://spr.ly/OHOutageMap. We currently expect that this will be a multi-day restoration effort.

Customers are reminded to report any service interruptions to us. Customer outage reports help us identify damage locations and restore power faster.”

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