MAHONING VALLEY Storms cause power outage

YOUNGSTOWN -- Lightning from a fast-moving line of thunderstorms knocked out power in many areas of the Mahoning Valley early Friday evening.
About 4,500 Ohio Edison customers lost power, with about 2,000 of them having it restored "within minutes," said Paul Harkey, Ohio Edison area manager. The rest of the power was expected to be restored sometime during the night, he added.
Lightning was the main cause of the outages, he said.
"It wasn't so much the wind or the rain. It was the lightning that was issue," he said.
Lightning struck Ohio Edison's Kimberly Avenue substation in Austintown, knocking out power to about 2,000 customers on the far West Side of Youngstown and a large section of Austintown, including the commercial area of state Route 46 and Mahoning Avenue and the area of the I-80 and Route 46 interchange, Harkey said.
A lightning strike at a substation near Elm Road in Warren knocked out power to about 1,000 customers in Warren, he added.
There was also an outage affecting fewer than 1,000 customers in the Salem and Alliance areas, he said.
There were also 150 customers each without power in the Kinsman and North Jackson areas.

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