AEP Ohio Works To Restore Power To Tens Of Thousands

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UPDATE 1:55 p.m. AEP Ohio says it has restored power to approximately 20,000 customers left without electricity after severe storms moved through the state Wednesday.

According to an update posted on the company’s website at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, AEP says restoration work is expected to continue through Sunday. Some 62,000 customers are still without power as of 1:45 p.m., according to AEP’s outage map.

The company says 38 transmission circuits were knocked out of service because of the severe weather. Thirty-two circuits remain out as of the 11:45 a.m. update. AEP says assessment of lines is expected to be completed by 5 p.m. Thursday. The company is bringing in more than 800 extra employees to help with restoration efforts.

“We greatly appreciate our customers’ patience as we work to restore service to their homes and businesses,” Pablo Vegas, President and COO – AEP Ohio said in the update posted on the company’s website. “As additional resources are brought into these areas, it is our hope that restoration work will continue as quickly and as safely as possible.”

AEP estimates it will have 90 percent restoration in the Athens area by noon Friday. Additional estimates for various areas of the state include:

Athens Area:

Lancaster – midnight Saturday

Marietta – midnight Saturday

Wellston – 8 p.m. Friday

Columbus Area:

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

Newark Area:

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

For up to date power outage numbers and information from AEP Ohio, click here.

UPDATE 10:00 a.m. AEP Ohio says it could be several days before power is fully restored to tens of thousands of Ohioans across the state.

A line of severe storms, spanning much of the the state Wednesday evening, with wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour in some areas, snapped power poles and downed power lines.

According to AEP Ohio's outages map, the following counties are experiencing power outages:

Athens County: 206

Belmont County: 912

Carroll: 1,857

Coshocton: 1,383

Fairfield: 2,106

Franklin County: 11, 720

Harrison County: 1,535

Hocking County: 1,596

Jackson County: 483

Licking County: 1,229

Meigs County: 382

Morgan County: 3,447

Muskingum County: 2,033

Perry County: 4,375

Tuscarawas County: 14,336

Washington County: 1,466

Jefferson: 7,180

Wayne County, WV: 488

Ohio County, WV: 2,727

Putnam, WV: 394

Roane, WV: 278

Lincoln, WV: 467

AEP reports more than 80,000 Ohioans are without power.

For updated information on AEP's repair efforts click here.

Inclement weather has caused tens of thousands of Ohioans and West Virginians to be without power.

According to AEP Ohio Outages Map, the following counties are experiencing power outages:

Athens County: 206

Belmont County: 905

Carroll: 1,749

Coshocton: 1,370

Fairfield: 2,440

Franklin County: 11, 692

Harrison County: 1,444

Hocking County: 1,563

Jackson County: 483

Licking County: 1,843

Meigs County: 381

Morgan County: 3,567

Muskingum County: 1,669

Perry County: 4,345

Tuscarawas County: 14,294

Washington County: 1,455

Wayne County: 1,794

Wood County: 1,040

Marshall County, WV: 145

Ohio County, WV: 2,655


AEP reports that a total of 83,379 Ohioans are without power.

For a full report click here.