GAHANNA, Ohio, June 11, 2020 - More than 3,000 line, contractor and support personnel are working to restore power after a fast-moving, strong storm with winds higher than 60 m.p.h. crossed the state. Central Ohio and the northeast section of AEP Ohio’s service territory, including New Philadelphia, Steubenville and Canton, were hardest hit with the trees and spans of wire down and numerous broken poles. In sections of southeastern Ohio, aerial patrols are being used to assess damage in difficult to reach terrain.
93,193 customers were out of power as a result of the storm. Crews have restored 57,038 customers. At 12:30 p.m., 36,155 customers remain without power.
Power outages and downed lines can be reported on the AEP Ohio mobile app and AEPOhio.com.
ESTIMATED RESTORATION TIMES (ETRs)
Estimated restoration times are provided below. Please note these times are subject to change based on continued assessment data and additional reported outages.
- Athens: Noon June 12
- Belmont: 6 p.m. today
- Bucyrus: 1:30 p.m. today
- Cambridge: 11:59 p.m. today
- Canton NE: TBD due to extensive damage
- Canton South: TBD due to extensive damage
- Carrollton: TBD due to extensive damage
- Chillicothe: 11 p.m. today
- Columbus NE: Noon June 12
- Columbus NW: 9 p.m. June 12
- Columbus SE: 9 p.m. today
- Columbus SW: 9 p.m. today
- Coshocton: 11:59 p.m. June 12
- Crooksville: 4 p.m. today
- Delaware: 4 p.m. June 12
- Findlay: 11 p.m. today
- Fremont: 11 p.m. today
- Hillsboro: 11 p.m. June 12
- Lancaster: 11 p.m. today
- Lima: 3:30 p.m. today
- McConnelsville: 11 p.m. today
- Mt. Vernon: 11:59 p.m. June 12
- New Philadelphia: TBD due to extensive damage
- Newark: 11:59 p.m. today
- Ottawa: 11 p.m. today
- Pomeroy: 11 p.m. today
- Portsmouth: 11 p.m. June 12
- Seaman: Noon June 12
- South Point: 2 p.m. today
- Steubenville: TBD due to extensive damage
- Tiffin: 11 p.m. today
- Wellston: 1 p.m. June 12
- Wooster: TBD due to extensive damage
- Zanesville: 3 p.m. June 13
The next update will be issued at 6 p.m. today.
Please be aware of potential hazards:
Downed power lines
Severe weather can cause power lines to snap or poles to come down. Fallen power lines are dangerous because they carry electric current that can cause serious or fatal injury. Never touch a fallen wire, no matter how harmless it looks. And keep others away from the potential hazard as well. If you encounter fallen wires, stay away from them and immediately contact AEP Ohio.
Life support/health concerns
In the event of a major power outage, life-support customers are encouraged to contact AEP Ohio's toll-free customer operations number to advise our representatives of their situation. Due to the nature of restoration activity, AEP Ohio cannot assure priority restoration for life-support customers. Life-support customers are advised to take precautionary measures to protect themselves in the event of a power loss. Contact relatives or friends for assistance or temporary accommodations in the event of a prolonged outage. Keep emergency phone numbers (physicians, hospitals, safety services, utilities) posted near your telephone.
If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators "backfeed" electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers' instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.
Damaged service entrance
AEP Ohio cannot connect power to any home or business where there is damage to the service entrance. The service entrance is the area located 1) at the meter, 2) between the meter and the home's electrical panel, or 3) the location where the cable connects to the home/business owner's cable. Customers need to have a qualified electrician repair this damage before power can be restored to the home or business.
- Customers are encouraged to use the AEP Ohio app to monitor the status of outages.
- See the location and status of outages using our outage map at AEPOhio.com/OutageMap
- For the latest updates follow AEP Ohio on Facebook and find us on Twitter @AEPOhio
About AEP Ohio
AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power. AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers. News and information about AEP Ohio can be found at AEPOhio.com.
American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 18,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including about 5,200 megawatts of renewable generation. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners, and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.