Power being restored in Mahoning, Mercer Counties

TRUMBULL CO., Ohio (WKBN) – Many homes in Mahoning and Mercer Counties are receiving power Wednesday morning after severe storms swept through the area Tuesday night.

The number of households without power dwindled significantly Wednesday morning, with fewer than 100 still needing electricity in Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Mercer and Lawrence Counties.

First Energy Senior Public Relations Representative Mark Durbin said that winds in the area caused the outages.

First Energy dispatched multiple crews to deal with the outages.

Residents who find themselves without power can call 888-LIGHTSS to register their outage with First Energy.

Almost everyone if not everyone in Lawrence and Mercer Counties should get their electricity restored by Wednesday afternoon, according to Penn Power Representative Chuck Jackson.

Jackson said that this is the third time that Mercer County has been hit with outages over the last 3 weeks.

WKBN anchor Dave Sess talked to a homeowner in Jackson Center, Pa., in Mercer County, finding that wind blew part of a mobile home’s roof off, causing it to land on top of the house next door.

Several branches and tree limbs were knocked down in the area. Vincent United Methodist Church, just about a block away, is okay, but the rectory’s garage blew off its foundation.

Mahoning County Emergency Management Association Director Dennis O’Hara said he was assessing damage Tuesday afternoon, while much of the damage had missed Columbiana County, according to EMA Director Luke Newbold.

Newbold had received no reports of damage in Columbiana County as of about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The National Weather Service will be sending crews to both Jackson Center in Mercer County and in Canfield to survey the damage from the storms, according to WKBN Meteorologist Ryan Halicki.

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