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Less than 200 without power as Duke Energy crews continue work

Outages continues through second day of storm
Duke Energy working on power lines
Posted at 7:41 PM, Feb 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-04 20:09:34-05

CINCINNATI — Less than 200 Duke Energy customers are without power, according to the latest information from the Duke Energy website.

Nearly all of the outages are in Brown and Clermont counties.

At the peak of this winter storm, nearly 10,000 customers were without power. Thursday's weather sparked the first Ice Storm Warning in the Tri-State since 2018.

"We haven't seen a forecast like this in quite some time," Sally Thelen, a spokesperson with Duke Energy, said.

An ice storm in 1989 caused thousands of Tri-Staters to eat breakfast by flashlight. At the time, Duke Energy said it was the "worst storm to ever hit the utility company."

In 2007, the weight of ice caused power lines to snap. Since then, there has been an upgrade to the power grid.

Among the changes, Duke Energy transitioned from wood to steel poles in neighborhoods. The company also updated the circuits to route around outages, isolating the outage to the fewest number of people impacted.

"Certainly in the old days, when you'd have 150 out in a neighborhood. Now, typically, we can reduce it down to sometimes a dozen or less — right in the vicinity of where there's an issue," Thelen said. "We've definitely come a long way from that standpoint on the grid."

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