Beacon Journal staff report
- Ohioans suffer through second day of cold blast
- Weather leads Ohio Senate panel to cancel meeting
- Polar freeze settles over South, East
- Construction industry adjusts to cold conditions
- U.S. power grid operator urges electricity conservation due to cold weather demand
- Dominion East Ohio Gas asks western Ohio customers to conserve
- Stow providing shelter for residents without heat
- Wind chill warning expires across region Wednesday
- Amid cold, students get early entry to Ohio State-Michigan State basketball game
- Cold leaves snowy TV reception for some Time Warner customers
- Frigid temperatures break records in Akron area
- Utilities urge customers to cut back on electricity and natural gas use
- Cold temperatures believed to have caused frost quakes in Northeast Ohio
- Akron sets record for biggest single-day temperature drop
- Doctors urge caution as thermometer drops
- Cold weather could extend holiday break for schools
- Jan. 25, 1985, was Ohio record for wind chill with readings of 70 to 80 degrees below zero
- Homeless shelter prepares for rise in clients as temperatures drop
- Warming centers, other facilities open during cold spell
- How to prevent and deal with frozen pipes
- Frigid temperatures, dangerous wind chill force numerous cancellations
- Line rupture spills water on roads in Ohio capital
- Cleveland casino to reopen Tuesday afternoon
- Winter blast strands some airline travelers in Cleveland and Akron
Northeast Ohio’s record-breaking cold snap is wreaking havoc on motorists.
The wait for a tow truck could take as long as two hours, said AAA Akron Auto Club Vice President Kevin Thomas.
“Our call center is flooded, in terms of actual calls into our dispatch system,” Thomas said. “Right now we are taking in as many as 50 to 60 calls an hour.”
Thomas said a typical winter day would generate about 20 to 30 calls per hour.
The call center in downtown Akron has 12 operators. They ask about the caller’s situation and prioritize the response according to how much danger the motorist faces.
Problems that leave a motorist stranded in a remote area like a freeway are given priority and the response today might be as short as 30 minutes, Thomas said.
AAA has ties to 77 tow trucks, but Thomas said those trucks are vulnerable in bad weather, too. At mid-day Tuesday, about 50 vehicles were available to help motorists.