June 29, 2012, Severe Summer Storms
Update: 5:00 PM, 7/1/2012
GAHANNA, Ohio – AEP Ohio has restored power to more than 221,000 of the 660,000 customers affected by the catastrophic storms that moved through the state June 29. Approximately 436,000 customers remain without power at 4 p.m. today. At the peak of the storm on June 29, approximately 45 percent of AEP Ohio customers were without power.
AEP Ohio has more than 4,000 internal and external resources committed to restoring power to the customers who remain without service from the storm.
AEP Ohio is working around the clock to restore service to customers as safely and quickly as possible. Personnel dedicated to system repairs work 16 hours a day. Support resources work through the night to reconcile restoration completed during the day to prepare work packages, maps and instructions for the crews to use the following morning.
As the storm moved across Ohio, thunder, lightning and high winds of more than 80 mile per hour, knocked down transmission structures, poles, power lines and trees across AEP Ohio’s service territory. The central Ohio counties of Franklin, Delaware and Licking were the hardest hit, with approximately 345,000 customers affected.