The lights went off in Middleport shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday and as of 6 p.m. last night, AEP reported 2,066 customers in Meigs County were still without power out of a total of 11,434 customers. A representative from AEP said the company was hoping to have customers in Middleport back on the grid by 6:30 p.m. yesterday. The representative went on to say the storms affected one circuit located on Bradbury Road which in turn caused the outage.
As of 6 p.m. yesterday, AEP reported 45,390 customers were without power in the company’s eastern and southeastern Ohio service territories following the summer storms. AEP also said, in addition, high demand by customers because of the high temperatures created loading issues in areas affected by the storms.
As of 5:30 p.m. yesterday, AEP’s damage assessment was being done with helicopters being used to check the transmission system. AEP also reported, in the Lancaster area, trees were found contacting one line in 15 locations. Restoration efforts were expected to continue through last night.
AEP also reported the following outages as of 6 p.m. yesterday: 4,914 outages out of 27,402 customers in Athens County; 21,609 outages out of 30,869 customers in Fairfield County; 10,143 outages out of 10,947 customers in Hocking County; 441 outages out of 506,973 customers in Franklin County; 163 outages out of 57,730 customers in Vinton County.
A call to Buckeye Rural Electric was not returned by press time to determine outages, if any, for customers in more rural areas.