The Cleveland National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Lorain County from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The highest winds expected during the advisory would be about 57 mph, which meteorologist Raelene Campbell said could potentially cause power outages by damaging electrical equipment.
The high winds also will accompany colder temperatures, Campbell said, with a low of 24 degrees Tuesday night and a high of 30 Wednesday afternoon, shifting precipitation from rain into one to two inches of snow.
The Village of Grafton Electric department made a temporary shutdown of electrical power for part of the village Tuesday afternoon due to concerns of the high winds.
The village announced on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that part of the village was without power due to a voluntary shutdown electric service at 1:30 p.m.. The unplanned outage was caused by an unexpected failure in an insulator on a switch in at a substation located on Vivian and Main streets which needed to be shut down for repair. The repair was completed and power was restored to residences by about 2 p.m.
Village Administrator Joe Price said the repair was made immediately due to the concerns for the high winds predicted for Tuesday night. If the insulator was damaged by the winds, he said the repair for the extended damage could cost at least in the millions.
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