Power mostly restored in Cleveland, says Entergy
The timing couldn’t have been much worse. Late Wednesday and early Thursday, when temperatures in the area dipped to the 20s, thousands of Entergy customers in the Cleveland area lost power.
Several hours later and after a chilly night in the dark, power began coming back on, even though power surges continue to be a problem as of 11 a.m. Thursday.
Entergy spokesperson Kacee Kirschvink says that power has been restored to all but 917 customers and those should be back up and running by noon today.
Kirschvink says the cold weather is to blame for overtaxing the power grid.
“Extremely low temperatures of 25 degrees or less cause abnormally high demand for power that can create isolated overloads of the electric distribution system. In most cases, extremely high demand occurs in areas where customers have all-electric homes,” Kirschvink said in a blog post on Entergy’s newsroom link.
“Heating systems and appliances are often left on during initial service disruption, creating too much energy demand all at once when power is restored. Electric heaters in particular can create a constant power demand, as they tend to run continuously and do not power off and on during periods of extreme cold,” she said. “This demand causes restoration to take place in sections rather than in larger compositions.”
By phone Thursday, she acknowledged that power surges were still a concern.
“If people can turn off their heating systems for a little while, that would help. Those really pull the juice,” she said.