About 2,700 homes and businesses are without power in Lake County early Sunday morning, down from more than 43,000 at its peak

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LAKE COUNTY -- Nearly all homes and businesses have their power restored in Lake County after an outage left more than 43,000 in the dark at its peak.

A representative from FirstEnergy confirms downed transmission lines caused the problem. Most customers had power restored by 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Transmission lines went down in Fairport Harbor, the area affected the longest by the outage.

The lines also feed the Painesville municipal electric system, which should have power restored around the same time.

WKYC spoke with several area residents who traveled to local warming centers or purchased generators to deal with the outage.

Transmission lines are the main veins that carry power from the power plants to area substations. The problem transmission line, carrying 138,000 volts, fell onto smaller power lines, tripping the whole system to shut down for safety.

Nearly 20,000 of the outages were reported in Mentor alone early on. By 4:30 a.m., that number dipped below 13,000.

CHECK OUTAGES: FirstEnergy Outage Maps

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