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FirstEnergy urges customers to call about outages ASAP
The utility prepped substations last week, and has crews on alert
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
In The Region:

So far, few power outages have been reported as bitter cold moves into Northeast Ohio.  FirstEnergy lists a smattering of outages throughout the region, with a total of about 300 customers without power. 

FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin says the utilities have prepared but need help from customers.

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“A lot of times, believe it or not, people think, ‘Well my neighbor’s going to call, the person across the street is going to call.’ You might be the only one that doesn’t have power so the best thing that you can do is call us and we understand the sensitivity when the temperature is hovering around zero. We have crews out there that are ready to go.”

The number to call with outages is 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877)

Durbin noted that most homes and businesses in the region are heated by gas. And while furnaces often require electricity to kick on, electric utilities don’t experience the kind of surge in demand that comes with air conditioning and summer heat.

 


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