SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio - By 3:30p.m., South Euclid Police Chief Kevin Nietert took to Facebook both praising his officers and warning residents.
"I would like to thank the men and women of the South Euclid Police Department who answered numerous calls, worked diligently to remove downed branches to clear the roadway and investigated reports of downed wires, as a result of the storms," Neitert said.
At the time, South Euclid was dealing with more than 5,000 residents without power. Neitert told residents they may not get power restored until sometime Friday.
At its peak, FirstEnergy's website listed more than 45,000 people without power. The hardest hit areas were Lyndhurst, Cleveland Heights and South Euclid.
"When I woke up this morning I was not ready for this," said Clayton Eason who's home was without power Thursday afternoon. He said he didn't know the cause, but there was a tree down in his backyard.
Eason said he hoped the power outage wouldn't be prolonged.
"This is not the first time we have been without power but we have managed to survive," he said.