Power Outages, Car Accidents Reported Across Cuyahoga Falls
Cuyahoga Falls Police say utility workers have been called in to address the power outages.
If your lights are out, you're not alone.
According to Cuyahoga Falls Police Lt. Dale Gramley, power outages have been reported across the city, and workers from the electric and street departments have been dispatched to begin repairs.
There's no indication of how quickly power will come back on in the affected areas of the city.
There have also been seven reported car accidents this evening.
"With an inordinate amount of water on the road, traction and hydroplaning are a real problem," said Gramley. "...Plus, with the heavy winds and rain, low visibility becomes a factor and accidents are more likely to occur."
Fortunately, the accidents have been relatively minor, but Gramley strongly encourages residents to stay indoors given the risk factors.
Here are the reports we've collected so far from Patch readers and from radio dispatches among utility crews, street department workers and Cuyahoga Falls Police, Fire and EMS:
- A downed tree has reportedly taken out power lines on Cochran Drive, causing a power outage.
- Reports of a possible explosion at a Cuyahoga Falls power station, located at the intersection of West Portage Trail and Valley Road.
- Reports have come in about a downed telephone poll along Hudson Drive; however, police have not been able to locate it.
- Reports of a power outage on Lehigh Avenue, Filmore Avenue, 21st Street, Wilson Street, Hunter Parkway, Windham Circle, Harding Road, Herbruck Avenue, Cedar Woods Drive and Oakwood Drive.
- Reports of power and traffic light outages on Graham Road.
- Reports of a blown transformer near the State Road Walgreen's.
What have you observed so far tonight? Power outages, accidents, destruction from the storm? Tell us in the Comments.