The northern end of our service area sustained very widespread damage last night during the storm; this includes the electric system and the homes of members and employees, and our hearts go out to all that are suffering. Even in the dark, it is clear this could be a long process.
Medina County does have reports of tornado sightings and large hail. Crews continue to restore outages and are assessing the system. We will do an aerial inspection this morning; Restoration estimates are not possible until we fly the system. 65% of Medina County members were without power about 30 minutes ago; it is down to 60% but it is still a significant number.
We do know of at least 13 transmission poles that were destroyed by the storm and will have to be replaced. The power supplier that owns the lines is already working to repair those but it will take a significant amount of time. We have also seen multiple poles down across the system and are working to get a final number.
Without seeing the full picture, crews do feel there is potential that some of these outages could last several days but we will have more answers when we are able to fully see the damage. We appreciate your patience as crews work as quickly as safely possible to restore power.
Our next update will be at 9 a.m.
Tips to remember:
- Report outages on SmartHub or by calling 1-866-632-3532.
- Do not approach downed power lines or poles. They could still be energized and are dangerous.
- Do not drive through flood waters. Turn around, don't drown!
- Unplug appliances and devices to prevent power surges to them.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed to help maintain the temperature.