October 25, 2014

Elyria
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Lights go out for 14,000

Thank goodness there wasn’t an Indians game Friday afternoon.

Had there been, there certainly would have been an uproar given that thousands of residents throughout Lorain County found themselves without power at various points during the day.

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South Amherst firefighters observe where a tree branch fell Friday, taking out some power lines attached to a house on Annis Road.

The largest outage — about 14,000 residents in Lorain and Elyria — lost power just before 4 p.m. when part of a power line running from the Oberlin Avenue substation in Lorain to the Griswold Road substation in Elyria broke loose and caused a massive short circuit, Ohio Edison spokesman Mark Durbin said.

For about 5,500 of the affected residents, power was restored with 30 minutes. Everyone affected had power back by 9 p.m., Durbin said.

The outage knocked out traffic signals on Broadway, according to Lorain firefighters.

“The equipment is out in the elements 24/7, 365 days a year. It takes a beating,” Durbin said.

The National Weather Service reported wind exceeding 40 mph after a cold front moved through the area Friday morning.  Small fires were sparked along toppled power lines on Russia and Annis roads in South Amherst, which closed the roads for a little more than an hour.

National Weather Service meteorologist Karen Oubemen said a deep low pressure system tracking from Wisconsin toward Lake Superior will keep gusts frequent throughout the weekend.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.