East Palestine experiences power outages’ hardest hit

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Thousands of people are without power in East Palestine heading into Friday night. Houses are dark and businesses are closed.

One man said his power has been out since early Friday morning.

“I just wear a parka in the house, that’s all,” Pat Dilworth said. “But I’m the only one there, see? There’s no little ones or nobody else.”

Warming centers open for people without power

True Value is one of the only businesses still open. The owners said they wanted people to be able to buy emergency supplies.

William Sciter was there buying extra lights. He said the outage has been a real inconvenience.

“I have a water pump, I have no electric, I have an oil furnace so I have no furnace power, no water power. I have horses that need water, can’t water them.”

Kids were out of school for the day. Some spent it playing in the snow.

Sixth-grader Ben Burkett said his power has been out since 2 a.m.

“OK, I guess. It’s kinda cold.”

He said they’re using lots of heavy blankets. His family will be staying at their grandparents’ until they have power back.

Christian House, a nursing home, was also affected by the outages.

“It’s dark and the emergency lights are starting to go a little dim,” Karen Christian said. “I’m going to evacuate on a safe side.”

There were similar conditions in Mahoning County on Friday with power outages, fallen trees and closed roads.

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Mel Robbins Main Area Middle