“It looks like most of the restoration is complete,” Scioto County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Carver said. “By today (Thursday) before the temperatures drop down tonight, it will be complete.”
According to Carver, AEP crews were “working as quickly and as safely as possible,” to restore service.
At one point during Wednesday’s wind storm some 1,200 customers were without power in Scioto County, causing traffic snarls and keeping service crews busy cleaning up from the high winds.
AEP Ohio crews were involved in restoring power to about 7,500 Ohio and West Virginia customers into Thursday.
In Scioto County, peak winds of 65 miles per hour caused traffic lights to turn, and one to fall in the middle of the 12th and Chillicothe street intersection.
“I haven’t had any calls today,” Carver said. “I’m kind of shocked that we got through this as easily as we did. Of course for people who didn’t have power all night last night (Wednesday) — it wasn’t an easy night.”
According to the National Weather Service at Wilmington, today will be sunny with a high of 35, but wind chill values will go as low as zero, and west winds will be around 10 to 13 miles per hour.
It will be partly cloudy tonight with a low around 16, mostly sunny Saturday with a high near 39, accompanied by calm minds out of the southeast.
With high wind warnings and watches prevalent this time of year, the Ohio Insurance Institute is offering insurance coverage information along with safety and repair tips.
The OII recommends moving vehicles under cover to prevent damage from falling limbs and flying debris; staying indoors during high winds due to the risk of injury from tree limbs and flying debris; anchoring or temporarily remove outdoor holiday decorations that might become lost or damage from strong winds. The OII said driving can also be dangerous.
FRANK LEWIS may be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.