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High winds cause power outages in Cuyahoga Falls, Silver Lake

From Staff Reports Published: March 12, 2017 12:00 AM
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CUYAHOGA FALLS, SILVER LAKE -- High winds toppled trees, causing downed power lines and thousands of outages on March 8, according to the city's electric leader.

On March 9, Michael Dougherty, Superintendent of the Cuyahoga Falls Electric Department, said there were about 5,425 customers who had more than a "momentary" outage due to the wind storm the day before.

"Momentary is less than a minute outage," the electric superintendent said, "and for us that is 30 seconds or less. Momentary outages happen when a feeder breaker trips open and then re-closes and winds up staying closed because the fault cleared."

Customers in an area bounded by Bailey Road, Howe Road, the city line and Kennedy Boulevard lost power on March 8 after a tree broke a pole and "took down three spans of primary wiring over by Hunters Lake Drive East," said Dougherty. A tree problem also knocked out power to customers on 19th Street between Grant Avenue and Highbridge Street on March 8, according to Dougherty. Outages also occurred by Marion Lake and Forest Glen.

As of 5 p.m. March 9 all city customers had power, Dougherty said, noting the storm damage was widespread throughout the city.

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Teresa Hazlett, deputy service director for the city of Cuyahoga Falls, said officials had "widespread reports of downed trees and limbs."

"The damage was not concentrated in any particular area," said Hazlett. "Our Street Department worked to clear trees or limbs from the roadways in the hours after the damage started. They also dispatched portable stop signs to high traffic areas where the traffic signals had lost power, once back up generators were all in use." 

"We had about eight calls for wires down, mostly from trees," said Falls Fire Chief Paul Moledor.

Falls Police Chief Jack Davis said his department responded to several downed trees, primarily in the Northampton area.

Silver Lake Service Director Mark Lipan said the village had a few trees and limbs fall and knock down some street light power lines. There were residents who lost power, but no estimate was available on how many. At 1 p.m. on March 9, Lipan said he believed there were still homes without power, but did not have a count available.

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