Power Restored To Most Following Severe Weather

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Associated Press
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Thu, Jul 19, 2012 10:41 am

UPDATE 10:38 A.M.  Utilities have restored power to most of the tens of thousands of Ohio customers left in the dark after the latest string of storms.

By Thursday morning, American Electric Power had restored service to all but about 5,000 of its 36,000 central Ohio customers who experienced outages from the Wednesday storms.
 
Duke Energy said about 68,000 customers lost power during the storms, and about 4,000 had no electricity Thursday morning.
 
Dayton Power & Light said about 1,300 customers were without power due to wind and lightening hitting its transformers. Only a handful of those customers had no power early Thursday.
 
The outages came just weeks after a set of powerful storms knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands of customers facing a heat wave across the state.
 
Maps show Muskingum County has the greatest number of reported outages in Southeast Ohio, with 1,748 customers without power.
 
In Athens County, 155 remain without electricity and in Tuscarawas County, 148 are awaiting restoration.
 

More than 70,000 customers in central and southwest Ohio were without power following a string of storms in the area Wednesday.

American Electric Power-Ohio says at least 36,000 customers experienced an outage in the Columbus area and surrounding counties after late afternoon storms.
 
Duke Energy in southwest Ohio reported more than 33,000 customers with outages in several counties near Cincinnati.
 
In southeastern Ohio, many customers - including Belmont, Guernsey, Noble, and Muskingum Counties - experienced brief outages, but utilities report Thursday morning that power has been restored to most customers.
 
According to outage maps by AEP, Athens County had 100 customers without power as of 7:50 a.m.
 
In Tuscarawas County, more than 160 customers are without electricity.
 
The new outages come just weeks after a set of powerful storms knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands of customers facing a heat wave across the state.
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