COLUMBUS, Ohio — AEP Ohio is continuing its efforts to restore power to thousands of customers across the state.
As of Tuesday at 1 p.m., crews have restored 98% of power across the state has been restored after Saturday's windstorm knocked out power for more than 125,000 customers.
Crews from around the stat have converged into the hardest hit areas of northeastern and southeastern Ohio, including Athens, Canton, Carrollton, New Philadelphia, Steubenville and Wooster.
AEP Ohio said damage from the windstorm has been widespread and extensive. In total, assessors reported 2,171 spans of wire down, 293 fallen trees on lines, 235 broken poles, 119 broken crossarms and 77 broken transformers.
Below is a list of restoration times provided by AEP Ohio.
- Athens: 11 p.m. Wednesday
- Canton: 11 p.m. Wednesday
- Carrollton: 6 p.m. today
- New Philadelphia: 11 p.m. Wednesday
- Steubenville: 11 p.m. Wednesday
- Wooster: 6 p.m. today
- Mt. Vernon
- Northwest Ohio
- South Point
AEP has offered the following tips on how to stay prepared and handle a possible outage:
- Put together an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a radio, first aid kit, medications, portable chargers, extra cash and maps of the surrounding area.
- Keep away from downed wires and report hazards through the AEP Ohio mobile app, call 911 and AEP Ohio at (800) 672-2231.
- Do not attempt to remove tree limbs or debris within 10 feet of a power line.
- Limbs, leaves and other objects moved by the wind and ice build-up could hide downed wires. Investigate your surroundings before trying to clean up any debris.
- Notify AEP Ohio if you’re using a generator. This protects you and our lineworkers as they work to restore power.
- Never operate lanterns, heaters or fuel-fired stoves without proper ventilation.
- Unplug major appliances to protect them when power is restored.
- Refuel heaters, lamps and generators outside and away from any flames or sparks. Wipe up spilled fuel immediately.
- Never burn charcoal indoors — it releases poisonous carbon monoxide.
- For the health and safety of AEP Ohio crews, please stay at least 6 feet away from our employees, vehicles and equipment.
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