UPDATE: Power has been restored to more than 6,700 AEP customers in the downtown and east side of Columbus. There is still an outage affecting approximately 100 customers in east Columbus.
COLUMBUS (WCMH) — After restoring power to customers in south Franklin County, AEP is currently reporting outages affecting more than 6,700 customers in downtown and on the east side of Columbus.
According to AEP’s outage map, there are currently 6,783 customers without power in Columbus. The map shows 3,729 customers on the city’s west side and 2,845 customers downtown are currently without power. There is also a third outage on the city’s east side near Gahanna that is affecting 209 customers.
AEP said the outages were caused by an equipment issue at a southwest Columbus substation.
As these current outages were reported, an earlier equipment-related outage that affected up to 3,117 customers in southern Franklin County was resolved.
AEP currently estimates power will be restored to the Columbus area by 8:30 p.m.