CINCINNATI - Thousands of Tri-State residents were without power over the weekend after strong storms swept through the area.
On Monday, thousands were still without power with the majority living in Clermont County, according to the Duke Energy website . As of Tuesday morning, only about 200 residents were without power. (For a list of all outages, go to http://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/outages/current.asp#outagedata. )
Southeastern Indiana's power is largely back to normal.
Many local outages started after severe storms Friday, which at one point left more than 176,000 Duke Energy customers in the dark.
Duke Energy is urging Ohio and Kentucky customers to be prepared for a multi-day power restoration effort in the wake of Friday’s violent weather. While crews have made significant progress assessing storm damage and restoring service, the hardest repair work lies ahead.
“Friday’s violent storms caused extensive damage to the power delivery system downing trees, power lines and utility poles,” said Jim Stanley, Duke Energy’s senior vice president of power delivery. “The vast majority of the outages are in small isolated pockets. In some cases, crews are moving from house to house to restore customers, and that will take time. All available personnel are working to get the power back on as quickly and safely as possible. ”
The company estimates that approximately 95 percent of the outages will be restored by midnight Monday. The remaining customers should have electric service restored by midnight Tuesday. Storm restoration efforts in the company’s Indiana service territory, which was not as hard hit, were mostly completed by midnight Sunday.
Estimated times of restoration indicate when the majority of outages in specific locations are anticipated to be restored. Many customers will be back in service sooner than the estimated times. There also may be scattered, isolated outages remaining beyond these times depending on the nature of the damage.
If customers would like to report an outage they can call (800) 543-5599.
For the latest power outage updates visit http://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/outages/current.asp .
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