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Thousands Still Without Power in Mentor

Updated 2 p.m.: Most customers should have power by the end of the week.

After Hurricane Sandy pummeled the coast and caused hundreds of thousands of power outages in Northeast Ohio, many in Mentor remained without power.

First Energy reported nearly 7,000 in Mentor without power at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Mark Durbin, spokesperson for FirstEnergy, told Patch that most customers should have power again by the end of the week, though some areas — especially those close to the lake and west of Interstate 77, such as Lakewood, Rocky River and Parma will take into the weekend to repair.

He added that the company has adequate resources to handle the outages, though the company is seeking more, with crews from as far as Idaho and Montana coming in to help.

Better news was on the weather front, though. The National Weather Service shortened our high wind warning. The warning, originally in effect until 4 p.m., ended at 1 p.m.

A lakeshore flood warning is still in effect until 8 p.m., and lakeside roads — like I-90 — are plagued with closures and backups due to high water.

A flood watch for all of Northeast Ohio is still in effect until this evening.

School was cancelled today in Mentor and across the country and Halloween trick-or-treat hours were rescheduled.

Not happy October 30, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Why the end of the week? All of the surrounding neighborhoods have power. My brother in Virginia and my sister in Erie didn't lose power and they got it worse than we did!!!!
Moprs Crew October 31, 2012 at 07:52 AM
This is really funny! Ok end of the week???? The heck? Almost 95% of mentor has power... yet if u are near the lake its gone... heard the teason is they sent teams to new york to help over there first... ummm and cuz they want to help my food is slowly rotting away....we pay them top dollar...and they stiff us.... one of the transformers here where i am in the 7 years i have been here has never been replaced once....and it looks like its from 1970 . ..its yellow and very dirty....well First Energy will be getting a very long email very soon
Mentor Resident October 31, 2012 at 06:07 PM
If you are near the lake and without power (like me), its probably because the winds coming off the lake were stronger and knocked down more trees onto the lines. The electric company doesn't control the weather. Millions without power in New York or 6,000 in Mentor, who do you think they are worried about first? Peoples homes and entire neighborhoods were destroyed and you're worred about your food? It's cold enough outside you could put it in a cooler and leave it out there. And finally transformers do not wear out, so there's no reason to replace it even if its from 1950 unless it failed from a power surge, etc.

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