CINCINNATI - Duke Energy now estimates it may take until 6 p.m. Monday to restore power to the rest of its 30,000 customers knocked off line by Saturday's strong winds, according to its outage web page.
That would mean up to 48 hours without power for some customers already in their second night in the dark.
Duke reported 1,016 customers still without power in its 12:17 a.m. Monday report. Duke reported 138 active outages.
Restoring power has been a long, slow process, with crews working non-stop across 10 counties to repair the damage from fallen power lines and trees.
Duke acknowledged Saturday night that it wouldn't be able to get everyone back on line before Sunday, but its website backtracked numerous times in estimating when it would have power restored - most notably when it estimated Hamilton County by 9:30 p.m. Saturday, then by 11 p.m. At one point, Hamilton County had 12,159 customers without power.
Here's the 12:17 a.m. Monday breakdown of customers without power, by county:
- Hamilton (810)
- Clermont (95)
- Butler (42)
- Brown (6)
- Warren (5)
- Highland (1)
- Boone (29)
- Campbell (21)
- Kenton (7)
"Duke Energy is working on restoration efforts tonight and will continue overnight until all customers are restored," spokesperson Sally Thelen said in a statement to WCPO Saturday evening. "Please give our crews additional space if you encounter them along roadways to ensure their safety. These are very challenging conditions and high winds can affect our response. We appreciate our customers patience as we work on the outages."
The city of Norwood took the unusual step of banning the use of fire pits for 24 hours as a precaution against house fires.