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AEP Ohio -- through our rebuilding efforts -- has restored
power to more than a half million customers affected by the catastrophic
storm that moved through the state June 29 and the additional 20,000 who lost power in the July 1 evening storm.
As of 9:30 a.m. today, approximately 516,000 of the customers left without power June 29 now have service.
New overnight storms interrupted power to approximately 23,000 additional customers across our service territory. Power has been restored to all by approximately 8,700 of those customers.
New storm fronts are continuing to move across Ohio this morning. A storm cell moving through central Ohio at this time could affect the east side of Columbus.
Restoration continues to proceed well, and we anticipate 90 to 95 percent of our customers affected by last Friday's storm will have their service restored by midnight Saturday.
Approximately 144,000 AEP Ohio customers remain without power.
The majority of the customers still without power are located in the
central and southeastern Ohio Columbus, Newark and Athens service areas.
In central Ohio, approximately 26,000 remain without power in Franklin County and 17,000 in Licking County. At the peak, approximately 45 percent of AEP Ohio's 1.4 million customers were without power.
AEP Ohio now has more than 5,000 internal and external resources working to restore electric service to its customers.
This includes nearly 2,000 internal and 2,500 external outside line
resources and support personnel working to repair and rebuild AEP Ohio's damaged electric system. This includes more than 590 internal and external transmission personnel concentrating on reconstructing downed transmission facilities across the state.