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Power mostly restored throughout county after windstorm


WADSWORTH — Public Services Director Robert Patrick said the city sustained three “larger” outages in addition to a number of smaller outages resulting from Sunday’s windstorm.

“We had a number of small outages throughout the city starting at about 11 a.m. Sunday morning,” Patrick said Monday. “The crews came in and they were really working nonstop until about 8 a.m. Monday morning.”

Patrick said the three larger outages occurred throughout the city, with repair times for each taking no more than 45-minutes.

Patrick said trees coming down on primary power lines, as well as electric poles that were blown over as a result of the wind caused some damage.

A few street lights and some trees in the city’s parks as well as a downed tree blocking a driveway were also reported, Patrick said.

Patrick said that because Wadsworth is a public power community, meaning residents do not rely on a third-party power company, the city is quickly alerted about power outages.

“We have a smart automated distribution system, and so our supervisors and managers, they get alerts, so they know right away when those outages happen,” Patrick said.

Patrick said that by the time a resident calls to report an outage, the city is already aware of the situation and working to resolve the problem.

“They can look at the area, and they can start to dispatch crews and we start working and doing all that before there is a phone call because of the system we have,” he said.

Wadsworth has owned and operated its own electric distribution system since 1916.


Ohio Edison reported 129 households in Medina County were still without power at 11 p.m. Tuesday with estimated restoration times into Thursday afternoon for most of those remaining customers. By 7 a.m., the number of affected households was down to 28.

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