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The deep freeze continues

The deep freeze continues

(Cleveland) — All of Ohio has joined the upper Midwest in the deep freeze with the entire state seeing sub-zero cold overnight. Northern Ohio has seen the most severe cold with 13-below reported in Toledo, along with wind chills approaching minus-40. Cleveland hit 10-below while Dayton dipped to 8-below. At least two weather-related deaths were reported yesterday, in Cleveland and Toledo.

University Hospitals in Cleveland said one person treated for hypothermia died there on Monday. Authorities in Toledo say a 90-year-old woman died Monday after her car got stuck in the snow and she tried to walk home.

Recreation centers opened as warming facilities in some cities, and outreach efforts worked to get homeless people out of the cold.


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Utility problems cooled off thousands of homes in Greater Cleveland. FirstEnergy says a problem with a major power line in Euclid led to three substation outages, and that knocked out power starting about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday for about 15,000 customers in many eastern suburbs. FirstEnergy got most of the power back on in about three hours. To the west, Columbia Gas of Ohio reports that a number of customers in North Ridgeville lost gas service late Monday night. Columbia puts the blame on a supplier, and isn't sure if it was weather related.

Three Cleveland firefighters had to be taken to the hospital as they were injured while fighting an early morning house fire. Cleveland fire officials blame the fire at East 45th and Superior on a problem with a furnace.


Photo by Julie Courtright, WTAM 1100


The coldest temperatures in Ohio in decades also closed Ohio State University and caused the state Legislature to shuffle its schedule.

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