GAHANNA – AEP Ohio has restored service to more than 67,000 of the approximately 152,000 customers left without power July 10 following the severe thunderstorms that moved across the state. Wind gusts of 70 and 80 miles per hour in some parts of the state, coupled with heavy rains and severe lightning damaged electrical equipment, broke poles and downed power lines.
As of 9 a.m. today, approximately 84,000 customers remain without power across Ohio. The majority of customers still without power are located in the Canton, Columbus, Newark and Western Ohio areas. This includes Franklin, Jefferson, Knox, Morgan, Perry, Sandusky, Seneca and Tuscarawas counties.
At the peak of the storm approximately 38 transmission circuits – primarily 69 KV and 138 KV lines – were knocked out of service. Thirty-two (32) remain out this morning. At the peak these transmission circuit outages had 40 AEP Ohio substations out of service. Transmission is expected to complete assessing its lines by 5 p.m. today. Helicopters are being used to help with the assessment.
AEP Ohio crews are working to restore power in all areas. In addition, AEP Ohio has more than 800 additional line and assessment personnel en route to assist with restoration. Most are expected to arrive by late afternoon.
This help is coming from neighboring utilities and contractors as well as AEP Ohio’s sister companies, including Consumers Power, Detroit Edison, Duke Energy, WE Energy, UC Synergenic, AEP Kentucky Power and AEP Indiana Michigan Power.
“We greatly appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to restore service to their homes and businesses,” said Pablo Vegas, President and COO – AEP Ohio. “As additional resources are brought into these areas, it is our hope that restoration work will continue as quickly and as safely as possible.”
The following are estimated times for 90 percent restoration:
Athens – noon Friday
Lancaster – midnight Saturday
Marietta – midnight Saturday
Wellston – 8 p.m. Friday
New Philadelphia – 6 p.m. on Saturday
Coshocton – 6 p.m. on Friday
Wooster – 6 p.m. on Friday
Communities in the southwest area of Columbus – 8 p.m. today
Communities in the southeast area of Columbus – noon Friday
Delaware – 8 p.m. today
Columbus and communities north of Interstate 70 – 100 percent restored by 11 p.m. today
Cambridge – noon Friday
Crooksville – 11 p.m. Saturday
McConnelsville – noon Saturday
Mt. Vernon – noon Saturday
Zanesville – 8 p.m. today
Newark – noon Saturday
Ohio Valley Area:
Belmont – midnight Friday
Steubenville/Wheeling – midnight Saturday
Western Ohio Area:
Fremont – 3 p.m. Sunday
Bucyrus – 10 p.m. Saturday
Willard – 10 p.m. Saturday
Tiffin – 10 p.m. Saturday
Findlay – 10 p.m. today
Lima and Kenton – 100 percent restored by end of day today
Severe weather can cause power lines to snap or poles to come down. Fallen power lines are dangerous because they carry an electric current that can cause serious or fatal injury. Never touch a fallen wire, no matter how harmless it looks. And keep others away from the potential hazard as well. If you encounter fallen wires, stay away from them and immediately contact AEP Ohio.
If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators "backfeed" electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers' instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.