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Nearly 10,000 Twinsburg-area customers without power due to fallen poles

Posted: 2:08 PM, Nov 06, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-06 22:39:13Z
Power poles fall in Twinsburg, 10k in the dark
Power poles fall in Twinsburg, 10k in the dark
Power poles fall in Twinsburg, 10k in the dark

The city of Twinsburg was one of the areas hit hardest by the heavy winds and rain Sunday night.

On Monday, nearly 10,000 customers in the area were without power after ten transmission and distribution poles came crashing down onto city streets.

Twinsburg resident Don Williams lives around the corner from where some of the poles fell onto the street.

"It was dangerous. It was scary. It was scary and it lasted, I'd say about 15 minutes," Williams said.

Williams said the sound of poles snapping and wires sparking was a terrifying ordeal and said he's worried about food in the refrigerator. His family is using a fireplace to stay warm until electricity and heat is restored.

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The fallen poles closed portions of Liberty Road Sunday night and Monday morning as crews work to replace the transmission and distribution poles.

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Mark Durbin, a spokesperson for FirstEnergy, said the process of restoring electricity is complicated in this situation because the 10 poles range in height from 80 to 90 feet tall.

Crews are working as quickly as possible to restore power in the area, which means residents may have to wait until Wednesday to have power restored.

The Twinsburg Police Department created the following Facebook post to inform its residents of places with power for anyone who needs a place to go.

Update! 11/06/17 @ 12:24 pm
The Twinsburg Fitness Center behind the High School and parts of the Community Center which is located behind Chamberlin Middle School are both open with power if residents need a place to go. Christ the King Church 10285 Ravenna Rd. called to advise they are open now if you need heat and electricity.

First Energy is estimating power to be restored by Wednesday or Thursday. Power may be restored before that in certain areas but this is their estimate for full power restoration. The city will continue to keep residents informed as we have more information.

Road closures:
Liberty Road- between Post and Glenwood
Darrow Road- (SR 91) - Post to Miktarian
Cannon Road – Depot to Liberty
Presidential Parkway – Hyde Park to Fairfield
Chamberlin Road – I-480 to Andrew/Laurel
Shepard Road – South of Jennifer Dr.

A semi hit low hanging wires and pulled down a pole across the road on Chamberlin at Laurel! We are still on the scene.

AC Gonsiewski