Monday, February 4, 2013
Planned power outage related to restoration of old Kent hotel
Editor's note: this story was updated at 3:10 p.m. UPDATE: Officials with Ohio Edison just informed city administrators that the power outage planned for tonight has been rescheduled for next Monday, Feb. 11, due to tonight's snow forecast. A planned power outage will mean the traffic signal at the intersection of DePeyster and Main streets downtown will not be working tonight. Utility work related to the restoration of Acorn Corner will result in a power shut off to part of downtown that includes that intersection and South DePeyster Street. The power will be turned off starting at 11 p.m. tonight. Power will be restored at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Flaggers will maintain traffic at the intersection while the stop light is not working. The outage …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Work at Acorn Corner will result in temporary power shut off
Power will be shut off to a portion of downtown Kent for redevelopment work at Acorn Corner on Feb. 3. Early that Sunday morning power crews will turn off the power from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. The power outage is expected to effect South DePeyster Street downtown and the intersection of South DePeyster and East Main streets, according to city officials. South DePeyster Street will remain open during the outage but flaggers will direct cars through the work site and the intersection, which will not have an operating traffic light during that time period.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Residents are starting to see the high winds and power outages that Hurricane Sandy has pushed to our area.
Residents in Northeast Ohio are beginning to see the impact of Hurricane Sandy as high winds cause power outages across the area and huge waves on Lake Erie. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for all of Northeast Ohio effective until 4 p.m. Tuesday. More coverage: Hurricane Sandy in Northeast Ohio These winds will be sustained at 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts of up to 65 miles per hour, the NWS predicts. In addition, a lakeshore flooding warning is in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Waves on the lake could reach up to 22 feet high and the lake will rise three feet over normal levels. A flood watch is in effect for all of Northeast Ohio as we face steady and sometimes heavy rain through Tuesday evening. All …
FirstEnergy preparing for outages across the area as high winds are expected to gust for roughly 24 hours.
Hurricane Sandy could cause power outages beginning tonight and into tomorrow evening in Northeast Ohio, a FirstEnergy spokesperson said. The hurricane is expected to bring strong winds to all of Northeast Ohio for a roughly 24-hour period beginning this evening. Crews have been sent from Ohio to the East Coast, where damage is expected to be more severe and widespread, spokesperson Mark Durbin said, but crews in Northeast Ohio are fully equipped to respond the storm. More coverage: Hurricane Sandy in Northeast Ohio “We would not have sent those crews if we didn’t think we had adequate staffing here to deal with outages,” Durbin added. Though the company is not in “storm mode” yet, crews in Northeast Ohio have been told to prepare for …
Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power.
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to bring high winds and power outages to Northeast Ohio today, food safety is a concern. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." Generally…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Frankenstorm is likely to impact Northeast Ohio; here's what you can do to prepare.
The path of Hurricane Sandy's impact stretches as far inland as Northeast Ohio, and meteorologists warn that high winds could cause power outages in the area early next week. More: How Will 'Frankenstorm' Affect Northeast Ohio? The Red Cross recommends that local residents have a power outage preparedness kit that includes water, food, flashlights, a radio, first aid kit, emergency documents and extra cash in case of a prolonged or widespread power outage. More on power outage preparedness here. The organization also has a Hurricane Safety app that includes a bunch of useful features, even for those of us who don't live in a hurricane-prone area, including: More info on that app — as well as the Red Cross' handy first aid app — here.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Rainstorm swept through Kent quickly Thursday
A fast and slightly furious rainstorm swept through Kent shortly after noon Thursday causing brief power outages across the city. At the intersection of Fairchild Avenue and North Mantua Street the storm cut power to the traffic lights, and drivers momentarily turned the intersection into a four-way stop. Traffic lights also were out briefly on S.R. 59 between Prospect and West Main streets, one Kent Patch reader posted on our facebook page. Students and staff at Kent State University reported short power outages at halls across campus, but power was restored to most within minutes. "It was weird. Hard rain for just a few minutes and my power went on and off a few times," Sarah Skibiski wrote on our facebook page. "Then it was over just …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
FirstEnergy crews are making repairs to restore electricity
About 600 customers of FirstEnergy in Kent lost power overnight and this morning because of storms that rolled through the region. "We are making repairs there now," FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said in an email this morning. To report an outage, call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Upload your photos of storm damage around Kent
At least 580 people were still without power in Kent Thursday afternoon following heavy storms that rolled through the region, according to FirstEnergy. FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin said that as many as 2,500 people were without power in Kent after the storms passed Thursday morning. "Our goal is to have those customers in Kent taken care of by (Friday) morning at the latest," Durbin said. "The Tree City is a wonderful place to live and go to school, but when those trees start falling down into our equipment it creates problems.” The power outages effected traffic signals throughout the city, including the stop light at Haymaker Parkway and Willow Street. No outages or power interruptions were reported on the Kent State University …