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OHIO (WJW) — Over 26,000 FirstEnergy customers are still without power after severe storms swept through the state overnight.
FirstEnergy said Tuesday evening their utilities had restored power to more than 41,000 customers impacted by the storms. They’re working 16-hour shifts to restore power to the hardest hit areas of of Richland, Ashland and Marion counties.
Crews expect power to be restored for customers by Thursday evening, but many customers will have power sooner. Keep up with the latest outages here.
As of 11 p.m., over 5,900 were without power in Ashland County, 12,000-plus in Richland County and 1,171 in Huron County.
AEP says more than 210,000 customers were without power at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. Four hundred additional field personnel were requested along with AEP’s full staff of line, tree, contractor and support personnel. AEP says restoration times for most areas would be Tuesday evening, although some people may not have power back until Wednesday.
Find the latest on AEP outages right here.
Storms that moved into the area were expected to pack damaging straight-line wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour. The winds can lead to damage and power outages overnight.
There was a tornado warning in effect for Ashland and Holmes counties. It has expired. Several other thunderstorm watches and warnings were in effect for NE Ohio counties.
FirstEnergy says there’s a lot of tree damage in Richland and Ashland counties, including hundreds of downed power lines and broken utility poles. They say it’s a time-consuming process because utility crews can’t make repairs until tree debris is removed from the area.
FOX 8’s Dontae Jones saw gusts of up 65 miles per hour in Millersburg and 60 miles an hour in Holmesville.