Wind gusts reportedly exceeding 67 mph damaged trees and power lines, which caused scattered outages for around 1,200 electric member-consumers located in Ashland, Huron, and Richland counties.
Most of the power outages were single instances involving tree damage.
It was reported at 5:20 p.m. Sunday that Ohio Electric Cooperatives were managing 13,000 outages across the Buckeye state, and some cooperatives were asking for assistance with their restoration efforts.
Firelands Electric’s line crews worked throughout the night and were able to assess the damage. As of 7:15 a.m. today, they were able to restore power to much of the cooperative’s service territory, with 110 outages remaining in Ashland and Richland counties.
Crews reported heavy line damage in the Yacht Point and Shore Drive areas at Charles Mill, due to broken poles. There is also an area near Mifflin where a skid steer with tracks is needed for pole replacement. Firelands Electric is currently utilizing a contractor, LineTec Services, to assist the cooperative with repairing the damage.
“Please keep our operations employees in your prayers as they toil to get lines repaired and power restored today. They have a long day ahead, working in some unfriendly terrain,” Firelands General Manager Dan McNaull said. “We will be giving 100 percent effort to get all remaining outages restored as safely and quickly as possible.
Area residents are encouraged to use extreme caution while traveling during and after storms.
To notify Firelands Electric of any down power lines within the cooperative’s service territory, call 800-533-8658. Outage updates are available at Firelands Electric’s website, www.firelandsec.com.