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Biden cancels visits to free up emergency responders
First Energy mobilizes to restore power
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 

UPDATE:
About 33,000 customers in Ohio are without power right now, including more than 18,000 in Cuyahoga County, and more than 3,000 in Lorain. Both First Energy and America Electric Power are reporting outages around the state, with the greatest concentrations along Lake Erie. 

Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled his visits to Wooster and Gambier tomorrow. Biden also is calling off his campaign trip to his hometown of Scranton. The campaign says the changes are “out of an abundance of caution to ensure that all local law enforcement and emergency management resources can stay focused on ensuring the safety of people who might be impacted by the storm.”

Biden and former President Bill Clinton did appear this afternoon in Youngstown, and GOP candidate Mitt Romney was in Avon Lake this morning.

Akron-based First Energy says it now has 7,500 employees, contractors and other workers trying to restore power in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio.

Call-centers and crews are concentrating primarily on New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.

First Energy is warning the outages associated with Hurricane Sandy and a cold front moving in from the west “are expected to inflict catastrophic damage.”

 

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