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A spokesperson for the FirstEnergy said even though some costumers are complaining, the company won’t compromise the safety of its workers as they restore people’s power.

Spokesperson Mark Durbin explained linemen have been working in the rain and high winds all week.

“In 50 mile per hour winds, they can’t operate a bucket,” Durbin said.

Durbin said crews are tending to thousands of different locations, working sixteen hours on, then eight hours off.

Superstorm Sandy knocked out power to more than 300,000 residents in northeast Ohio. As of 8:15 a.m. Thursday, more than 96,000 remained without power.

“The expectation is that we will have a majority of people’s power restored by the end of the weekend. For some, it could stretch into early next week,” Durbin said.

Lakewood police, meanwhile, are being constantly contacted by residents wondering when their power will return. Dispatchers told NewsChannel5 they can’t answer those questions.

article courtesy of Newsnet5.com

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