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Power Mostly Restored After Storm
COLUMBUS (Kate Liebers/Ken Hines) The lights are back on for a majority of those who lost power during an early-morning storm Friday.
As of 3 p.m., AEP Ohio announced it has restored service to more than 30,000 of the approximately 35,600 customers who lost power Thursday night.
The company expected to have power restored to all but a few customers by midnight. Most of these cases involve individual customers whose outages must be restored one at a time.
Restoration for some of these areas is expected to go into Saturday, AEP Ohio stated in a release.
Most of the customers experiencing the power outage were in the areas of South Columbus, Lancaster, Ironton, and Chesapeake.
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.
Current storm restoration information can be accessed here: https://www.aepohio.com/outages/details.aspx?stormName=November