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CEI-TOLEDO EDISON CREWS REPAIRING DAMAGE FROM STORM

 CLEVELAND, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- One hundred CEI crews are continuing to restore power to approximately 120,000 customers in Northeast Ohio.
 Last night's severe thunderstorms and high winds interrupted service to about 160,000 customers beginning about 7 p.m. Hardest hit areas were Cleveland's eastern suburbs including Euclid, Highland Heights, Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, Lyndhurst, Kirtland, Gates Mills, and Mayfield.
 One hundred forty major power lines are currently out of service. Thousands of downed power lines and broken utility poles also have been reported.
 CEI and Toledo Edison crews are currently working to clear downed power lines as their first priority. Complete restoration is expected this weekend.
 Additional crews from Toledo Edison, sister company of CEI, left Toledo early this morning to assist in restoration efforts. These crews will work side by side with CEI crews to assist with restoration.
 CEI's Customer Service Department is experiencing very heavy call volume at this time. The company urges customers to report power outages only once as repeat calls do not speed the process. However, CEI customers are urged to immediately report downed power lines to the company or local police and fire departments. In Greater Cleveland, customers can reach CEI by calling 216-861-9000. In Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, CEI's toll-free number is 800-589-3101.
 CEI reminds customers to check the company's ad in their local Yellow Pages for a complete list of power outage safety tips.
 -0- 7/29/93
 /EDITOR'S NOTE: For current power outages information, only the news media should call CEI Storm Center at 216-479-4657/
 /CONTACT: Todd Schneider or Frank Hayes of CEI, 216-479-4657/


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