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First Energy: Some outages may last until Friday morning

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First Energy continues working to restore power to homes and businesses who have been without electricity since storms rolled through the valley Wednesday evening

As of 11:00 p.m. Wednesday, nearly 2,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Mercer County.  Nearly 1,000 First Energy customers were in the dark in Trumbull County.  

By 9:30 a.m. Thursday, more than 850 customers in Mercer County, and  more than 300 in Trumbull County were still waiting for the power to come back on. First Energy did not have an estimated time that all of the electricity would be restored, but estimated that some areas could have power back by 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Some of the heaviest rain was reported in the Greenville area. As pictures submitted by viewer Kristin Warner show, enough rain fell to force the closure of several roads in the borough. First responders were reminding residents that if a road appears to be flooded, they shouldn't attempt to drive through the water.

One 21 News viewer along Route 58 in Greenville sent a picture of a back yard where there was more water on the ground than in the swimming pool.

In Trumbull County, a woman driving an SUV on Hoagland-Blackstub Road was just two houses away from her Mecca Township home when a tree landed in front of her.

She couldn't stop her car fast enough, and drove on top of the fallen tree.

The state trooper on the scene says it could have been much worse. "Timing was on her side for sure. A few seconds either way could have been life or death.", said trooper Patrick Abel.  "She is fine. She has no injuries. Just a few scrapes from the air bag deployment when she struck the tree."

The stormy weather claimed a fond memory for one Warren woman.  Melanie Battison sent 21 News a picture of a tree that was knocked down at her parents home in Mecca Township.  Melanie says that when she was a little girl, she used the tree as second base when they played baseball.

Downed trees and wires were reported in other areas including West Farmington, Hermitage and Lisbon.


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