Some families still left without power Thursday night

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 21:01:55-04

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The storms that hit the Tri-State late Wednesday and early Thursday left thousands of residents temporarily without power, and in some areas, the lights were still out Thursday evening as a second round of storms moved in.

Crystal Yeager, who lives on Christel Avenue in Middletown, took shelter with her family in the basement of her home as wind and rain battered the surrounding area. While they hid, neighbors’ trees crashed down onto nearby power lines, and Yeager's family was left in the dark.

So how’s life without air conditioning on a Cincinnati summer day?

“Hot,” Yeager said. “Just hot and muggy and miserable.”

She said her family members were doing everything they could to keep the cool air in the house; her husband bought a generator to hook up to their refrigerators and keep the food from spoiling.

Another Christel Avenue resident, Kenny Shutts, said the food in his house was a total loss, but his family alsohad to address a much more important problem.

"My son has cystic fibrosis, so the machines and stuff like that we need for electric, we have had to go elsewhere to do his treatments,” Shutts said.

Yeager hoped for the best Thursday night despite the Tornado Watch over the Tri-State.

“Hopefully a tornado doesn’t come through and rip up our house, but we will get to there when we get there,” Yeager said.

Christel Street regained power around 7 p.m., but Duke Energy reported over 1,000 Ohio customers whose homes still did not have power at 9 p.m.