Power crews bring homes out of the dark - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Power crews bring homes out of the dark

First Energy reports thousands of power outages during winter weather (Source: WOIO) First Energy reports thousands of power outages during winter weather (Source: WOIO)
NORTHEAST OHIO (WOIO) -

First Energy restored power to thousands of customers who found themselves in the dark Sunday evening.

Winter weather knocked out power to customers across northeast Ohio, most in Cuyahoga County.

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First Energy officials say the inclement weather is to blame for the outages.

Be sure to check on any elderly and home-bound neighbors as temperatures will drop into the teens overnight.

Experts recommend the following tips during an outage:

  • Put on layers of warm clothing.
  • Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors.
  • Never use your oven as a source of heat.
  • If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system. For more information about generators visit:

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