ELYRIA TWP. – An electrical transformer on Griswold Road that overheated and failed in today’s extreme heat led to a power outage leaving some 4,500 Ohio Edison customers without lights, air conditioning or fans.
Ohio Edison spokesman Joe Faga said all power was expected to have been restored by 10 p.m. today.
Faga said the transformer overheated some time after 3:30 p.m. and Elyria Township firefighters were called to the scene to pour water on the unit to prevent it from exploding or catching fire.
“It’s very hot and this is a precaution we take in such cases,” he said.
About an hour later, the transformer failed, leading to the power outage, which is affecting an area located west of Route 57, Faga said.
The Griswold Road incident was the only heat-related episode reported by Ohio Edison as of 5:30 p.m.
Ohio Edison was not planning to institute any rolling blackouts as a result of the extremely high demand on electricity for air conditioning, Faga said.
Temperatures soared to the upper 90s today, with heat indexes reaching 107 degrees in some areas, according to the National Weather Service.
A heat warning was to remain in effect until 9 p.m. tonight, while another heat advisory was being issued for Friday. Highs are again expected to reach the 90s, with heat indexes again projected to top 100 degrees.