Thousands without power in Columbiana County

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LISBON, Ohio (WYTV)  – When the power went out this morning at 5 a.m., Dennis Rhodes couldn’t wait. He needed an answer before sunrise.

“So we’re in a barn with the cattle…We have to do something,” Rhodes said. “So we dropped everything, hooked up the tractor and generator and here we are.”

Dennis made his own power connection. It worked. He had enough juice for his dairy barn, because he couldn’t wait until 4 PM when Ohio Edison told him the power would be back on.

“We got cows to milk, we got milk to the tank that needs to be chilled, freezers are shut off and so forth,” Rhodes said.

Dennis got all that work done before his power was restored around 1 p.m. It was a busy day for First Energy crews, going up into the air to clear lines, hook them back up and re-establish an electrical connection.

Columbiana County reported the most power outages of any county in Ohio Tuesday as a winter storm descended on the Mahoning and Shenango valleys.

About 2,400 customers were without power in Columbiana County as of 4:30 p.m.

Heavy snow began to fall across the area Monday night. A snow-rain mix created heavy snow and icy conditions. The heavy snow contributed to the downed power lines.

The First Energy Outage Map indicates that power in Columbiana County is expected to be restored by 2 p.m. Wednesday.

One of the branches weighed down by snow broke and fell on Cheryl Black’s trailer in the middle of the night.

“I thought my son rammed against the bedroom wall again,” Black said. “Only to find out some trees had fallen down. I know they hit the trailer, but I don’t think they did much damage. I’m hoping anyways.”

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