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Storm in Ohio leaves thousands without power

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AEP Ohio said more than 145,000 customers lost power after straight-line winds and lightning caused power outages across the state. It warned that additional inclement weather could slow recovery.

June 14 (News) — Violent storms swept through Ohio late Monday, leaving tens of thousands without power by Tuesday morning.

“Crews worked through the night and restored approximately 10,000 customers,” read a Twitter post said by AEP Tuesday morning.

“Additional inclement weather over the next few days may cause additional damage and outages and result in a change in recovery times. Damage assessment continues throughout the day today. This is a critical step that occurs when power is restored.”

Nearly 60,000 customers lost power in Ashland, Crawford and Knox counties, where the storm downed numerous trees across the counties, resulting in downed power lines.

Richland County Emergency Management Agency director Joe Petrycki reported “several, multiple downed trees, downed power lines, utility poles and blocked roads” in the area, according to the Richland Source.

The Wayne County engineering firm said in a Facebook post Tuesday morning they were working to restore power and clear the streets.

“All county teams are working to clear trees and open roads, but there are multiple power lines,” the Post said. “We have to wait for the utility company to make it safe. We will provide an update on road closures later in the morning.”

In southern Ohio, around 27,700 in Butler County and nearly 13,000 in Warren County were still without power as of Tuesday morning, according to Duke Energy. Around 49,000 initially lost power on Monday evening.

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