|Latest: About 150 still without power after storm|
|Monday, November 18, 2013 10:44 AM|
AEP and Paulding-Putnam Electric have posted the following press releases on their websites: (Login not required to read this article)
Update: As of 8 a.m., AEP currently listed 132 customers still without service.
From AEP: 10:45 AM, 11/18/2013
GAHANNA, Ohio Nov. 18, 2013 – A line of strong late season thunderstorms with possible tornadoes and winds gusting to 70 miles per hour moved across Ohio late Sunday breaking poles and knocking down power lines in several areas of AEP Ohio’s service territory. The severe weather has effected service for both transmission and distribution customers.
At the height of the storm at 9 p.m. Sunday, approximately 33,500 AEP Ohio customers were without power. As of 10 a.m. today, approximately 7,800 customers remain without power. The hardest hit areas include Paulding and Lima in western Ohio and Canton in northeast Ohio. The majority of customers still without power are in the company’s Paulding service area in western Ohio. [Note: According to website, currently 1,835 AEP customers are without power.]
AEP Ohio crews and internal contract crews are working throughout the day to restore service. Service is expected to be returned to the majority of customers still without power by 11:59 p.m. today. Due to the extensive damage in the Paulding area, AEP Ohio does not expect these customers to be restored until 10 p.m. Tuesday. Estimated restoration times will be updated as crews continue to assess the damage.
In the Western Ohio area alone, more than 45 poles were broken. At the height of the storm, AEP Ohio had 32 circuits affected. As of 10 a.m. today, seven circuits are without power or have partial power.
Transmission reported that 20 distribution stations were affected by the storm. All but five have been restored. Several co-ops and municipal companies are also affected, including service to the Kalida/Continental area where 20 structures are down.
The company also is working to replace six broken distribution poles along U.S. 40 in the Hebron area that is affecting approximately 500 customers. Work to replace these six poles is projected to be complete by 10 p.m. today.
From Paulding-Putnam Electric:
Update: As of 8 a.m., PPEC listed 20 customers without power. Anyone still without power who has not called in to report it, please call 1-800-686-2357.
Outage update 11-18-2013:
Approximately 2,200 members are still without power. Our crews worked through last night to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. Crews are currently working on back feeding the Roselm and Ft. Brown substations so power will be restored in those areas. At this time we do not have an estimated time of completion for back feeding those two substations. We will update information as it becomes available.
Just a reminder: Please DO NOT touch or get near power lines that have fallen down on the road or in your yard. If the power is on and you touch the line with your hand or a stick, it has a great potential to kill you. This is a very serous matter, do not go anywhere near a downed power line.