Monday, December 10, 2012
Power will be out most of the day in several Cleveland Heights homes.
The Illuminating Company has announced a planned power outages for several homes in Cleveland Heights this week, Cleveland Heights Police reported on their Facebook page. The outage, to take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, will affect homes on the following streets: The Illuminating Company is performing equipment upgrades during this time. In the case of inclement weather, the company will reschedule the upgrades to Thursday. If you have any questions, or to find out if the outage will affect you, call 800-589-3101.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Residents are starting to see the high winds and power outages that Hurricane Sandy has pushed to our area.
Residents in Northeast Ohio are beginning to see the impact of Hurricane Sandy as high winds cause power outages across the area and huge waves on Lake Erie. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for all of Northeast Ohio effective until 4 p.m. Tuesday. More coverage: Hurricane Sandy in Northeast Ohio These winds will be sustained at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts of up to 65 miles per hour, the NWS predicts. In addition, a lakeshore flooding warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Waves on the lake could reach up to 22 feet high and the lake will rise three feet over normal levels. A flood watch is in effect for all of Northeast Ohio as we face steady and sometimes heavy rain through Tuesday evening. All …
FirstEnergy preparing for outages across the area as high winds are expected to gust for roughly 24 hours.
Hurricane Sandy could cause power outages beginning tonight and into tomorrow evening in Northeast Ohio, a FirstEnergy spokesperson said. The hurricane is expected to bring strong winds to all of Northeast Ohio for a roughly 24-hour period beginning this evening. Crews have been sent from Ohio to the East Coast, where damage is expected to be more severe and widespread, spokesperson Mark Durbin said, but crews in Northeast Ohio are fully equipped to respond the storm. More coverage: Hurricane Sandy in Northeast Ohio “We would not have sent those crews if we didn’t think we had adequate staffing here to deal with outages,” Durbin added. Though the company is not in “storm mode” yet, crews in Northeast Ohio have been told to prepare for …
Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power.
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to bring high winds and power outages to Northeast Ohio today, food safety is a concern. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." Generally…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Frankenstorm is likely to impact Northeast Ohio; here's what you can do to prepare.
The path of Hurricane Sandy's impact stretches as far inland as Northeast Ohio, and meteorologists warn that high winds could cause power outages in the area early next week. More: How Will 'Frankenstorm' Affect Northeast Ohio? The Red Cross recommends that local residents have a power outage preparedness kit that includes water, food, flashlights, a radio, first aid kit, emergency documents and extra cash in case of a prolonged or widespread power outage. More on power outage preparedness here. The organization also has a Hurricane Safety app that includes a bunch of useful features, even for those of us who don't live in a hurricane-prone area, including: More info on that app — as well as the Red Cross' handy first aid app — here.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Most outages are repaired but the heat will stay
The Greater Cleveland area had 20,000 FirstEnergy customers without power this afternoon as a heat wave sits over the Midwest. Many of these outages in Patch’s coverage area have been fixed as of just before 5 p.m. today. Highland Heights still has about 800 customers without power. Temperatures reaching the low- to mid-90s across the region put extra strain on equipment, said FirstEnergy spokesperson Mark Durbin. He added that, with little relief from the heat this week, more heat-related outages are possible. Durbin said that customers can help prevent wide-scale outages by reducing their electricity consumption this week: turn down the AC, turn off the lights when you leave a room and be conscious of your use. The high temperatures are …
Friday, May 13, 2011
FirstEnergy's website reported Friday that 500 to 2,000 residents were without power in Cleveland Heights, and as many as 5,000 in Cuyahoga County
Power has been restored for all residents in Cleveland Heights, according to FirstEnergy's website, but nearby areas such as East Cleveland are without power. About 500 or fewer customers in Cuyahoga County are reporting outages. On Friday an estimated 2,000 to 5,000 lost their power. Calls made to the company to determine the cause were not returned during the weekend. ---- Updated 10:30 a.m. Saturday Power is still out for 500 or fewer in Cleveland Heights, according to FirstEnergy's website. Calls made to the company were not immediately returned, and it is still unclear what caused the outage and when power will be restored for all residents. ---- Updated 5:30 p.m. Friday About 500 to 2,000 people do not have power in Cleveland …
Thursday, April 28, 2011
About 1,200 residents still without power
Updated 8:40 a.m. Friday Power has been restored for all but about 130 residents in Cleveland Heights. Some may still be out until Saturday as crews continue to repair damaged poles and wires, said Mark Durbin, spokesperson for FirstEnergy. ---- Updated 3 p.m. Thursday About 4,000 Cleveland Heights residents lost their power this morning due to the 50 to 70 mph winds that tore through the Cleveland area Wednesday night. About 1,200 still don't have power, Durbin said. In Cuyahoga County, 38,000 residents also are out. "We got reports of winds at 50 mph and gusts as high as 65 mph — that's why you heard the freight train," Durbin said. When freezing rain coated trees, sidewalks, fences, cars and everything else in ice after a storm in …
Monday, February 28, 2011
Outage not caused by storm or flooding
Updated 11 a.m. Tuesday: Power is now back on after an outage around rush hour yesterday left about 1,100 residents in the dark. Mark Durbin, spokesperson for FirstEnergy, said a faulty feeder cable at a substation caused the outage, not weather. "The system is usually very reliable, but once in awhile something happens," Durbin said. "We had 730 customers restored in about two hours, and then the final 431 restored probably in about two and a half hours." Lights at the intersections of Cedar and Coventry and Cedar and Grandview were not operating during the outage, which was primarily in Cleveland Heights. The power went out around 5:40 p.m., leaving businesses in the Cedar Fairmount district in the dark. Some Cedar Road Starbucks …
Monday, February 21, 2011
What the freezing rain left behind
Ice coated Cleveland Heights on Monday, taking out branches and trees, power and forcing many who were supposed to have the day off go into work to take care of the debris and slippery streets. Crews continue to clear branches and salt roadways. The slick pavement has caused accidents around the Cleveland area. The storm was responsible for dangerous conditions and damage, but it also created a beautiful landscape that we captured with our camera.