The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

February 25, 2010

Power back on

More than 9,000 lose electricity; bad weather won’t go away

ASHTABULA — A power outage affecting a large portion of Ashtabula County early Thursday evening kept emergency phone lines busy as people were trying to get information and their power restored.

Mark Jones, manager of external affairs for First Energy, said 9,339 customers in Ashtabula County were affected. By 7:30 p.m. all the customers had their power restored, Jones said.

“The outage began at 5:15 p.m. and affected customers from Ashtabula down through to Orwell and the North Kingsville and Kingsville areas,” Jones said. “Most customers were restored within 60 minutes, and the remaining (households) were restored within 120 minutes.”

Jones said the cause of the outage was not known as of Thursday evening, and First Energy crews still were out investigating.

Dispatch personnel for Ashtabula Township Fire Department said they lost power at the station around 6 p.m. and had been receiving many calls concerning the outage.

The outage included much of Ashtabula Township, including the busy retail area along Route 20. Ashtabula Towne Square and Wal-Mart, as well as neighboring stores on either side of the highway, were dark and parking lots deserted.

Traffic signals became useless just as rush hour got under way. In North Kingsville, a portable generator was used to operate signals at routes 20 and 193.

Dispatch personnel at the Conneaut Police Department reported power outages in the North Kingsville area, from the Route 193 and Route 20 areas.

Ashtabula Police Department reported receiving “a ton of calls about power outages,” while the Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department only received a couple.

Reports from Jefferson and Andover indicated residents were not affected by the power outage, while Dorset residents said their power was out.

Saybrook Township and Geneva City Fire Departments reported only a brief power outage.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Saybrook post reported receiving many calls about power outages and icy road conditions. The patrol did report that traffic was proceeding well on the major highways.

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