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First Energy says about 87,000 are still without power in Ohio
Kucinich questions priorities, preparation

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In The Region:

About 87,000 First Energy customers in Northeast Ohio remain without power, virtually all of them clustered in Cuyahoga, Lorain and Lake counties.

Outgoing Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich blasted the Akron-based utility in a statement today, saying it should not have sent linemen and support crews east, knowing that the superstorm was expected to cause damage here.

The company has not responded directly to Kucinich’s criticism. But First Energy’s Jennifer Young says the company was as prepared as it could be.

Young: Crews in place

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“We had resources in place and have continued to bring in additional resources to address our power outages as soon as possible. We understand it’s frustrating when customers are without power. … We have folks working around the clock every day and will continue to do so until power is restored.” 

Young says power to the last of the customers in this region is expected to be back on no later than midnight Monday night. She says all those in downtown Cleveland should be back by Sunday morning, and those concentrated on the east side of Cleveland, including Mentor, should be restored by Sunday night.

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