Published Thu, Jul 26, 2012 5:29 pm Dateline
Updated Thu, Jul 26, 2012 9:01 pm
UPDATE 9:00 P.M. According to outage maps from American Electric Power, the number of customers without electricity following severe evening storms is dwindling, though nearly 44,000 customers are still in the dark.
Rural counties in Ohio are experiencing a greater number of outages, compared with urban counties, with Franklin County being the exception.
That county currently has more than 7,000 customers without power.
Notable numbers of the approximate number of reported outages around Southeast Ohio include:
Tuscarawas County: 5800
Ross County: 3100
Muskingum County: 2500
Morgan County: 2900
Fairfield County: 2000
The outages come as many power customers had recently recovered from losing electricity during a previous round of severe storms which affected 660,000 AEP customers state-wide.
No word yet from AEP on restoration timelines.
UPDATE 8:15 P.M. According to latest reports from American Electric Power, 40 percent of the 65 Ohio counties serviced by AEP have suffered some power outages following severe weather Thursday evening.
Rural counties, as with the June 29 storm, seem to have suffered more than urban counties.
UPDATE 6:25 P.M. American Electric Power Ohio reports 51,000 power customers across the state are without power following a strong storm system making its way across Ohio.
According to an AEP release, customers in New Philadelpia, Columbus and Newark are the most affected by the aftermath of strong winds and thunderstorms.
AEP reports they have requested outside assistance from other companies for restoration efforts.
No word yet on restoration estimates or timelines.
UPDATE 6:20 P.M. As of 6 p.m. Thursday, over 48,000 American Electric Power customers are out of power again in Ohio and 337 in West Virginia. Again, central, southeastern and eastern Ohio have taken the hardest hits.
From the New Philidephia area in the north to around Portsmouth in the south, many counties in the region are now under a severe thunderstorm warning.
There are reports of heavy rain, lightning strike and strong winds.
American Electric Power is reporting outages in a dozen or so counties, including Ross, Muskingum, and Fairfield.