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Power crews are trying to get everyone back up and running, but according to Mark Durbin with First Energy it could be a while.

“Based on the damage we are seeing there are some outages that probably will stretch into late Sunday. We are still determining that,” Durbin said as of Friday morning.

The problem is the gusting winds continue to be a problem. As of Friday morning the Illuminating company had around 74,000 customers without power, which isn’t far from the highest number over night which was 80,000.

“The number continues to fluctuate because the wind is still causing branches and trees to impact our system,” said Durbin.

Power crews have been put on 16-hour shift and First Energy, the parent company of the Illuminating Company, is bringing in extra crews from outside the area.

“We have additional help on the way from our Toledo Edison utility and outside contractors. And we are trying to get more,” Durbin said.

FirstEnergy said more than 1,500 workers are out in the field.

The energy company wants to remind people to not touch any downed wires.

Anyone without power should call FirstEnergy to alert them of the situation.

 

READ MORE: Cleveland19.com

Article Courtesy of WOIO Cleveland 19 News

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