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Storms rattle residents, many power outages reported

TNS Regional News • Jun 13, 2013 at 8:51 AM

The long-anticipated line of severe storms rumbled through the Akron area around 2 a.m., leaving many residents in the dark.

The line of severe weather ushered in wind, heavy rain and frequent lightning.

There were no immediate reports of significant storm-related damage, but police and fire crews from Medina to Akron to Canton were kept busy answering storm-related calls.

Most of the calls were related to power outages that dot the landscape.

As of 3 a.m. FirstEnergy reports that about 1 percent of its customers in Summit County were without power.

In Akron alone, an estimated 1,686 customers lost power at the height of the storm.

Power outages are being reported in more than a dozen different areas thoughout the city with a large number of homes and businesses in the dark in the East North Street and Eastwood Avenue neighborhood.

Another large power outage is being reported by FirstEnergy in the Portage Lakes area off of state Route 619.

Power is also out in some neighborhoods in Barberton particulary in the area of Fairview Avenue.

FirstEnergy reports that its crews are working to keep up with repairs, but warns it could be some time before the power is fully restored. The utility reports that it is contending with a growing list of outages as the storms make their way east into Pennsylvania.

The Akron area remains under a severe thunderstorm watch through 6 a.m. A flood watch will continue through 5 p.m.

Scattered thunderstorms are predicted this morning and as much as three inches of rain could fall by the time the storms end this afternoon.


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