Duke Energy outages: Power slowly restored to thousands after Saturday storms

CINCINNATI -- Thousands of Duke Energy customers were without power for nearly a day after a storm ripped through the Tri-State on Saturday.

 

Crews worked for hours Saturday evening into early Sunday morning to restore power to the more than 33,000 customers who lost power after the storms started popping up at about 5 p.m.

Most of those outages, about 22,000, were in Hamilton County, but Duke Energy spokesperson Thelen said the outages were "fairly widespread."

 

There were also several thousand outages in eastern Indiana as a result of heavy rains in that region. One of the hardest hit areas was Jefferson County, Ind., which experienced about 1,000 outages, according to the Duke Energy website. Power was restored to most of those customers by Saturday evening.

After the storms hit, Thelen said there was no timetable for when power would be restored.

 

"(There's no) estimation for total restoration at this time. We'll continue to work throughout the overnight hours to restore the remaining 14,000 customers," she said at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

As of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, there were still 1,012 outages in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky. The majority of the outages were in Hamilton County (871). A few outages were still being reported in Kenton (95), Boone (5), and Campbell (33) counties in Kentucky.

Almost all of the outages were repaired by early Sunday afternoon.

While the outages affected families enjoying their holiday weekend, they also caused street lights, city lights and businesses to lose power in various areas across the region. Kenwood Towne Centre was one of the places that lost power.

In addition to the frustrations caused by the outages, 9 On Your Side viewers reported other weather-related hindrances such as flooded roads, downed trees, damaged power lines and structures struck by lightning. These reports came from communities across southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and eastern Indiana.

Most of the Tri-State was under a Sever Thunderstorm Warning until 6:45 p.m. Conditions included winds in excess of 60 miles per hour and quarter-size hail, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington .

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To view the current power outage report on Duke Energy's website visit http://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/outages/current.asp  . You can see a map of the outages at the following link: http://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/outages/current.asp#outagemap

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