More Than 1M Without Power in Ohio Valley From Ike

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 3:12pm.

More than 1 million households and businesses in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio are without power because of strong winds associated with the storm formerly known as Ike, according to local power companies.

Since yesterday, Duke Energy says, 907,064 customers have lost power in Ohio and Kentucky. Nearly 600,000 are still off the grid. Outages are impacting about 119,000 of the company's customers in Indiana, too.

Thousands more are without power in and around Columbus, according to American Electric Power. (They're in the process of updating their figures. We'll update this posting when they get back to use with current outage totals.) Dayton Power & Light reported 180,000 without electric service at 5 a.m. ET.

First Energy, which runs utilities across the region, says 1 million of its customers were without electricity at one point. Mark Durbin, a company spokesman, says they've gotten the number of people affected by outages down to 500,000, mostly in Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

"This is an unprecedented event for this time of year," AEP spokesman Jeff Rennie tells the Associated Press. "We've never seen anything like this in early fall."

Louisville Gas & Electric reported late last night that more than 280,000 households and businesses were in the dark in that region.  A company spokesman tells the Herald-Leader that this is their worst outage in 30 years.

(Map of outages in part of Ohio by AEP.)

Mike Carney - September 15, 2008 - source USAToday

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 09/15/2008 - 3:12pm.