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Hurricane Sandy winds bring power threat to NW Ohio

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SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) - Hurricane Sandy could produce winds up to 60 miles per hour in the Toledo region. Power companies say they are prepping for the worst and hoping for the best.

"We ran out of generators early this morning. The demand, obviously with the storm on the east coast there, is high. People are worried," said Scott Bauerschmidt, manager at Lowe's in Sylvania Township.

The display generators are the only ones left in the store.  A man from New Jersey even came and bought 15 generators.

The man said he is with the Red Cross is going to be able to help relieve victims as he distributes them to people who need them.

The high winds of Hurricane Sandy bring the threat to Northwest Ohio.

"The winds of that nature have the potential to blow trees and limbs into our equipment, which is a large cause of power outages," said Mark Durbin with First Energy.

First Energy and Hancock-Wood Electric have crews on standby and extra supplies in place.

AEP will leave skeleton crews but will move a lot of their resources to eastern Ohio.

"This storm might be a little different from some of the other ones. It's not just a small area that's affected, but potentially, but potentially a wide area that's affected," said Durbin.

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