More than 43,000 homes lost power over the weekend, Duke Energy reports

Posted at 6:33 PM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-10 05:23:16-04

CINCINNATI -- More than 43,000 Tri-State homes were without power after weekend storms. By Monday morning, power was restored for nearly all customers, according to Duke Energy's website.

As many as 43,000 Duke customers were without power Friday night. That number was cut to 2,578 as of midnight Sunday and to 1,229 at 2 p.m., according to Duke's websiteAbout 1,200 Duke Energy customers remained without power Sunday night.

Restoring power is dangerous work, Duke spokesman Lee Freeman said, so utility crews are working as quickly and safely as possible. 

Edwin Hunter of Loveland said he had been watching the progress of the storms on his iPhone when they reached his subdivision. The winds knocked down trees and power lines as they arrived.

"I mean, it was coming," he said. "It must have been 60 to 80 mph, and that went on for two or three minutes and then it was over."

Erica Boyd, a neighbor, said she and her family brought home carry-out and broke out the board games as they waited for electricity to be restored.

Freeman asked drivers to remember Ohio's and Kentucky's move-over laws, which require traffic to make way for emergency responders -- including utility workers. On roads with only one traffic lane in each direction, drivers must slow down and be prepared to stop.