|Update from AEP on July 4|
|Wednesday, July 04, 2012 2:09 PM|
GAHANNA, Ohio –As of 9 a.m. today, July 4, AEP Ohio had restored power to approximately 70 percent of the 660,000 customers affected by the catastrophic storms that moved through the state June 29 and the additional 20,000 outaged by the July 1 evening storm. AEP Ohio will continue to work around the clock through the Fourth of July holiday to restore service to customers as safely and quickly as possible.
Meteorologists continue to show the threat of possible thunderstorms through the end of the week. Temperatures are forecasted to remain in the mid-90s till the next of next week and could reach 100.
Approximately 197,000 customers remain without power.
Approximately 108,000 of those without power are located in central Ohio counties of Franklin, Delaware and Licking. In Franklin County – the hardest hit area – the number of affected customers stands at 49,000.
At the peak of the storm, approximately 128 transmissions circuits -- primarily 69-kV and high-voltage 138-kV lines -- were knocked out of service due to trees, downed lines and equipment and extensive damage to structures. Approximately 87 have been restored.
Estimated restoration times continue to be updated as customers are restored. These dates and times are available as part of the storm updates on aepohio.com. Pushpin maps showing the outage areas and estimated restoration times also continue to be updated and posted to aepohio.com. These maps can be viewed under View Restoration Maps on the aepohio.com storm web page. Current customer outage numbers by county are available under outages and problems on aepohio.com.
AEP Ohio is making progress to clear up reports of wires down and other hazards across its service territory. Hazard reports currently are at 8,700, down from 11,550.
The public is reminded to have portable generators properly installed to ensure they pose no safety threat to themselves or utility personnel working to restore power.
Restoration continues round the clock as we continue to access damage.
Estimated “Event” restoration times by affected area:
Note: All times are for 90 percent restoration
Western Ohio Area
Bucyrus:Midnight July 4
Findlay:Midnight July 7
Kenton: 90 percent complete 100 percent by Midnight July 4
Lima:Midnight July 4
Ottawa:Midnight July 7
Upper Sandusky: Midnight July 4
Van Wert:Midnight July 7
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