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Planning for Hurricane Sandy's arrival in Cleveland

8:05 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The high winds and rainfall that make up this storm could cause a variety of problems for people in Cleveland and the rest of the region.

The greatest risks to our region run along the lakefront.

Hurricane Sandy coverage

Here are the details as the current tracks put Sandy -- or what's left of her -- arriving in Cleveland straight off the lake.

The biggest concern? Lakeshore erosion from wind and waves.

You are cautioned to stay off the lake under all circumstances. If you have a boat in the water along Lake Erie, you may want to consider moving it.

People could also be looking at extended power outages due to high winds, downed trees and lines. Be prepared.

FirstEnergy says 700 local crews and more than 1500 contractors are mobilizing to help restore power here and along the East Coast. They'll be dispatched to the hardest hit areas.

"While it appears that New Jersey has the potential to be the
hardest-hit area, this massive weather event has the potential to cause damage across a large portion of FirstEnergy's service territory," said FirstEnergy Meteorologist Brian Kolts in a release.

FirstEnergy customer call centers will be fully staffed. Customers who are without power are encouraged to call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877) to report their outage or click the "Report Outage" link on here.

Expect major delays and waves of cancellations for air travel at the beginning of next week. Some airlines are already issuing waivers that allow you to reschedule flights to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Stay with Channel 3 News and wkyc.com for the most up to date details of Sandy's path.

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