Crews work to restore power in Ohio, other states

6:55 PM, Jul 2, 2012   |    comments
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The power is still off in Ohio and several other states after nearly back-to-back blasts of severe weather.

Outages from North Carolina to New Jersey and as far west as Illinois have left more than 2-million people without power even as a heat wave continues to send temperatures soaring into the 90s in much of the country.

A line of fast moving thunderstorms-called a derecho-roared across the Midwest, including Ohio and the East Coast on Friday (June 29) leaving destruction in its wake. On Sunday (July 1), another group of storms came in off Lake Erie and left thousands more in Northeast Ohio without power.

FirstEnergy says its various utilities have restored electricity to more than 350,000 of its 566,000 customers impacted by the storms.

AEP which handles customers in Ohio has more than 385,000 customers still without power in Ohio and West Virginia. Those outages include more than 3,000 in Tuscarawas County. The hardest hit area is the Columbus area where more than 120,000 AEP outages remain in Franklin County alone. The central Ohio area bore the brunt of the June 29 storms.

AEP has posted a series of maps on its web site with details on an estimated timeline for restoration of electricity. Many in the Stark and Tuscarawas counties are expected to be restored by tomorrow night (July 3.) But some rural areas of Ohio-such as Athens County-could potentially be without power for a week.

AEP is also handling outages in Kentucky, Indiana and Virginia.

The heat wave broiling much of the country is expected to last through the weekend. 

The devastation is widespread and enormous. FirstEnergy says it is using helicopters to rebuild part of its transmission line in West Virginia and has some 5,000 people working around the clock to restore power.


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