Yesterday, wind gusts across central Ohio were between 50-60 miles per hour.
As these winds moved across very saturated and muddy ground, they didn’t have the foundation they needed to keep up trees and power lines. This is just one example of a power pole being restored today in Lancaster. We met up with both crews from AEP Ohio and South Central Power Company to see how much progress they have made.
Dave Callahan, Emergency preparedness manager, AEP Ohio said, “While our customer count never seemed to go down all day, we were restoring people, and as soon as we’d restore someone, someone else would go out.
And that wasn’t just frustrating for anyone left sitting in the dark…
“That’s a challenge for us, becomes a little frustrating for our line guys- they think they’re doing great things, but they don’t see the numbers change. That’ll change today, we’ll see numbers change considerably,” Callahan said.
And if it seemed like it took a while to get the power restored in your neighborhood, here is how they prioritize.
“Obviously first, we take care of hospitals, nursing homes, then we look at our police, fire, water station, and then schools, we want to make sure that we have all of the schools back in service, and then we start looking at numbers of customers and trying to restore the most that we can as quick as we can,” Callahan said.
But if you’re still waiting for them to come to your house, you can always take advantage of tools like generators and flashlights until power is fully restored.