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Thousands Left in the Dark by Central Ohio Storms
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- More than 35,000 Ohioans were left without power because of overnight storms, including many in the Columbus area, according to AEP Ohio.
Approximately 35,600 AEP Ohio customers lost power during and after the storms. Around half of those outages were remedied by 9 a.m. Friday. The majority of those still without electric services live in the South Columbus, Lancaster, Ironton, and Chesapeake areas.
The storms reached their strongest points in central Ohio during Friday's early morning hours . Wind uprooted several trees, sending many crashing into power lines, homes, and vehicles.
"Right when the power flickered in the house, and when it went dark, is when I heard the crash out front," said J.P. Penwell of Grandview, whose truck was flattened by a falling tree.
AEP and Time Warner Cable workers were among those assessing damage as the sun began to rise on Friday morning. Representatives from both companies spent significant time in the area of Brice Road in SE Columbus, where nine utility poles were knocked down during the storms.
AEP Ohio officials expect to resolve the majority of the remaining outages by late Friday.