Record heat may be to blame for power outages - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

People work to stay cool as First Energy works to restore power

There are still between 5,000 and 10,000 customers without power in Cuyahoga County with the most being in Lakewood with between 2,000-5,000 people in the dark. In Cleveland there are still nearly 2,000 people without power.

First Energy, meantime,  says about 6:30 PM Tuesday another substation had an issue affecting Lakewood customers. There was a cable fault at the substation but about half those customers were back up at of 10:30 PM and First Energy is hoping to have the rest back up after midnight.

Earlier First Energy told 19 Action News that the Brooklyn Substation had been repaired and the water removed. During the process of switching the customers back over to the substation that they routed to other substations early Tuesday morning there were some fluctuation in power outages.

This week's nasty heat isn't just uncomfortable; it can be dangerous to both to our bodies, and to businesses.

Many people tried to dodge the heat at Great Northern Mall.

"That's why we brought our grandson up, it's too hot to let him outside," said Bud Mctaggart.

But even as crews work to resolve the problems, residents are out on the streets and the beaches trying to to keep cool, without power.

In the past, the extreme heat has been taxing to their system, causing outages affecting thousands of homes and businesses.

It was nearly unbearable for staff at Budget Dry Cleaners during the hour long outage.

"She's got a fan over there. Plugs it into the wall but the power went out so it was pretty hot," said one employee.

First Energy says because the outages are so scattered, they are asking that if neighbors do come home and find they are without power to call 1-888-544-4877, and give them your location so you can help them find the exact cause and quickly solve the problem.

Meantime, First Energy tells us that the cause of the power outages in Geauga County earlier Monday had nothing to do with the heat. They had a problem with the circuit breaker in a sub station.

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