Five things to know for Thursday, November 1

1. Thousands still without power

More than 115,000 Cuyahoga County FirstEnergy residents were still in the dark Wednesday after superstorm Sandy’s high winds, with more than 9,000 without electricity in Lake County and 4,000 in Lorain County.

2. Red Cross opens warming centers

With so many waiting for power to be restored, the Red Cross and several area cities have set up emergency centers for residents to recharge their phones and grab a hot cup of coffee. For a full list:

3. Superstorm claims lives

At least 63 people have been killed in the U.S. by hurricane-turned-superstorm Sandy, which made landfall in New Jersey on Monday.

4. Mark’s winter weather forecast

Power of Five meteorologist Mark Johnson said to expect temperatures below normal this winter, along with slightly below normal snowfall.

5. Early voting

Since early voting started nearly a month ago, about 1.3 million Ohioans have cast their ballots. While no votes will be counted until Nov. 6, states have released the party affiliation of those who voted. In Ohio, 30 percent Democrats and 24 percent Republicans.

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