CLEVELAND -- About 40,000 people across Northeast Ohio were without power Tuesday morning, due to heavy rains, storms and the flooding of an electrical substation on the west side of Cleveland.
At about 4 p.m. Tuesday, that number was less than 2,000, according to FirstEnergy spokesman Mark Durbin.
FirstEnergy crews were able to reroute the electrical power away from the flooded substation, pump out the water, make a few repairs and get the substation back online by the afternoon.
But just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, that same substation had another problem, affecting about 7,000 customers in Lakewood, Durbin said.
Durbin says the problem now looks to be with an underground cable.
About half of those 7,000 should have power by 9 p.m. Tuesday, with the remainder back on by midnight.
By 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, only about 2,000 people were without power, according to the latest FirstEnergy outage map statistics.
Check FirstEnergy current outage map
The outages came after Monday's power problems due to increased use of fans and air conditioners.
FirstEnergy is asking for everyone to try and reduce their electricity usage during the heat wave, especially during the peak hours from midday to 6 p.m.
Additional tips to conserve electricity:
- Turn off unnecessary electrical devices
- Wash clothes or dishes in the morning or later in the evening.
- Close air registers and doors in rooms that are not in use.