With strong winds whipping across Northeast Ohio as voters flock to the polls for the midterm elections, more than 30,000 people are currently without power in the region, according to FirstEnergy.
The bulk of the outages are in Trumbull (14,000) and Portage (8,000) counties. It it unknown at this time when power will be restored.
WKYC has confirmed roughly 21 of Trumbull's 158 precincts have been affected by the situation, but the polls are "not shut down" according to the county board of elections. Citizens in those precincts have apparently been able to vote using paper ballots, rather than fully electronic. Those ballots could then be scanned at the board of elections building. Portage County is also setting up generators at various locations at Northeastern parts of the county.
The state of Ohio has apparently been notified of the voting issue, and it would be up to state officials to decide whether or not to extend the voting deadline past 7:30 p.m.