Here is the latest information on our efforts to restore power.
At this time, approximately 660,000 customer throughout the AEP Ohio
service territory are without power with approximately 300,000 located in
Central Ohio. Restoration efforts are ongoing right now and we expect they
will continue up to 5 to 7 days. The key drivers for restoration times
are the extent of storm damage including the number of transmission and
distribution circuits down and damage to pole and wires, number of
resources available to work restoration and weather conditions during the
restoration period. This is the worst storm we’ve had since we were hit by
Hurricane Ike in 2008. At this point, our customer numbers and damage
reports have us on track for this storm to be in proportion to Hurricane
Ike. Wind speeds for this storm have been reported in the 80 to 85 mph
range. Ike wind speeds were recorded in the 75 mph range. Restoration
for the majority of the customers affected by Hurricane Ike was completed
in about a week. We urge the public to be extremely cautious around
downed lines. All downed lines should be considered energized. Keep
children and pets away from lines and any item that could be energized by
fallen lines such as metal fencing and yard items. Because of the extent
of the outages, AEP Ohio asks that customers turn off all major appliances
and air conditioning, leaving one light on to alert them their power is
back on. This will also help prevent overloads that can cause the power
to go off again. The weather forecast for the next few days is for very
hot, humid conditions. Please check on your affected family members,
especially the elderly, to make sure they remain safe.
Currently, there are over 122 distribution circuits out of power ( a
distribution circuit will carry 300 to 3000 customers) and 60 transmission
lines down. Approximately 1700 AEP Ohio resources including line crews
and assessment teams already are working to restore power. AEP Ohio is
asking for an additional 1500 to 1900 outside resources to assist in the
Line crew employees will work 16 hours and be off for 8 hours rest.
Because of safety concerns and the well-being of our crews, the majority
of crews will work until midnight, with skeleton crews working overnight
to respond to emergencies.
Never touch a downed utility wire, no matter how harmless it looks. It can
be difficult to distinguish between a power line and a cable or telephone
line. All downed lines should be considered energized and dangerous. And
don’t touch anything in contact with the line, such as trees, fences or
puddles of water, since they can conduct electricity. Keep children and
pets away from this potential hazard. Call AEP Ohio to report any downed
lines or equipment.
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