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40,000 People In Northeast Ohio Still Out Of Power

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40,000 people in the Cleveland area are still out of power after a powerful wind storm moved through early this morning.

Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

40,000 people in the Cleveland area are still out of power after a powerful wind storm moved through early this morning. Near hurricane-level wind gusts of 65 mph knocked down utility poles and tree limbs into electrical equipment.

First Energy spokesman Mark Durbin called for patience as it could be as late as Saturday before everyone has their power back on.

"We look to see where we can get the most people back on in the quickest amount of time," Durbin says. "And by that I mean we might have a circuit where one repair will bring 250 customers back on at one time. We're going to do that before we go over to someone's house and reattach a wire that only affects them.

First Energy employees working overtime have so far restored power to 182,000 customers in the Ohio/Pennsylvania service territory.

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