Thursday, December 6, 2012
A representative of First Energy gave Solon City Council a report of how Solon's power grid handled Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy left residents across Northeast Ohio without power for days, including some in Solon. A representative of First Energy gave Solon City Council a report of how Solon's power grid handled Hurricane Sandy. Terry Killeen, an external affairs manager for the utility, said that the Illuminating Company was dealing with 344,000 customers without power and 7,000 downed wires across its service area. "Solon did not escape unscathed," he added. He said that 1,500 customers in Solon were without power during the height of the storm and that 90 percent of Solon customers had their power restured by 2 p.m. on Oct. 30. Still, there were 165 customers in Solon that remained without power until Friday, Nov. 2, Killeen said. The reason is …
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.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
At least 500 people still without power in Solon after last night's heavy winds.
9:32 A.M. WEDNESDAY UPDATE: All power has been restored to Solon. First Energy's outage map shows no outages in Solon as of 9:11 a.m. If your power goes out, call First Energy at 1-888-LIGHTSS. ------ At least 500 Solon customers remain without power after last night's heavy winds, according to First Energy. Bill Snyder with Progress Energy told Solon officials Tuesday night that crews were working on restoring power and they hoped to have it restored by last night or this morning. To report an outage, call First Energy at 1-888-LIGHTSS. Last night, heavy winds blowing a cold front into the area left as many as 1,000 Solon residents without power. The high winds, at least, are gone now. Today's forecast from the National Weather Service …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Call 1-888-LIGHTSS to report a power outage.
About 1,000 people are without power in Solon, according to First Energy. Bill Snyder, external affairs manager for First Energy, came to city hall Tuesday to explain the outages to city council. Snyder said the outages were caused by the wind, and that crews are out working to restore power as quickly as possible. He said he expects power to be restored tonight or, at the latest, Wednesday morning. To report a power outage, call 1-888-LIGHTSS. And if you see a downed power line, stay away and call First Energy.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
First Energy is reporting power outages throughout Cuyahoga County, including Solon, after an early morning storm ripped through the area
As many as 500 to 2,000 people are still without power in Solon at about 10 a.m. after an early morning storm ripped through the area, according to First Energy's Outage Map. Solon City Schools reported that all of their schools had power this morning, so the school day was not disrupted. First Energy has said that more than 25,000 people are without power in Northeast Ohio after a storm with wind gusts reaching 80 mph struck and heavy lightning struck the area. The Plain Dealer reports that the hardest-hit areas include Parma, Parma Heights, Garfield Heights and Warrensville Heights.
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 …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Storm brought hail and knocked down branches in Solon
Citizens of Solon were taken by suprise by Monday's thunderstorm, one of many that struck across Northeast Ohio. Check out some photos of the aftermath in Solon. The National Weather Service says residents in dozens of counties reported damage from winds that snapped tree limbs and downed power lines. The weather service has received reports of funnel clouds, but those reports have not been confirmed. Tornado sirens did sound in Solon. As many as 5,000 residents in Cuyahoga County are without power as of 6 a.m. this morning, but none are reported in Solon.