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A Duke Energy worker was injured Monday morning while dealing with downed power lines in Northern Kentucky.

Kenton County dispatchers said the incident happened at about 4:55 a.m. Monday.

The worker was responding to a downed power line when he was shocked by a 7200 volt line.

Dispatchers said the man was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center. There is no word on his condition.

Duke Energy reports more than 2,000 still without power around the Cincinnati due to Sunday's storm.

The company has been working throughout the night to get power back to Tri-State residents.

"The severe weather that moved through the area today caused a number of customer outages," said Sally Thelen, a spokesperson for Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky.  

Her comment came at 10 p.m. on Sunday with 22,000 outages across the region. The outage number reached as high as 34,000.

The majority of outages were in:

  • Clermont, Butler, Hamilton counties in Ohio
  • Kenton and Campbell counties in Northern Kentucky

"Our teams continue to assess damage and make repairs. When that work is complete we will have better estimates of restoration times across our system," Thelen said.

"In major storms, some customers may be without power longer because they live in areas that are temporarily inaccessible due to fallen trees or areas where safety is a concern. Duke Energy, with the help of support services, will work to clear these areas as quickly as possible to allow our crews access to make repairs and restore the power."

The company says its top priority is to restore power to public safety or public health infrastructures before moving to other areas with outages. 

Following critical facilities, utility crews restore service as quickly as possible, starting with the largest lines serving the most people, Thelen said. 

Earlier on Sunday, around the same time the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch and 'Particular Dangerous Situation' for most of the Tri-State area, reports came into the WCPO newsroom of massive power outages.

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