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Ohio Power Company Rep Explains Widespread Power Outages

ByLinda W. Smith

Jun 14, 2022

UPDATE: AEP has released restore times for Central Ohio customers. Click here for these.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — AEP Ohio plans to operate around the clock until power is restored for their customers, according to a company spokesperson.

“When big storms come in, everything is on deck and we’ll be working 24/7 until this thing is over,” said Tom Kratt, vice president of distribution for AEP. Kratt estimated that more than 1,400 employees were working to restore power.

As of Wednesday morning, nearly 90,000 AEP customers were without power, including nearly 36,000 in Franklin County. Kratt mentioned the storms that hit Ohio on Monday. overnight and early Tuesday caused a slew of outages, but weren’t the only reason some customers lost power.

The number of power outages for AEP fluctuated throughout Tuesday afternoon when the outages began. At 5:25 p.m., there were 208,455 customers without electricity; at 6 p.m., that number was 210,487; at 7:15 p.m., 206 618; 9:15 p.m., 240,445. By 10:30 p.m., that number had dropped to 232,820.

Kratt said the heat that hit the area also caused problems. Due to storm damage, some of AEP’s systems were unable to handle increased power consumption, particularly in Columbus and the immediate area.

“We had to open the system and remove these clients from the system for loading reasons,” he said, adding that the move prevented even more widespread outages.

Kratt said customers were added back to the system Tuesday afternoon and into the evening as temperatures cooled. Kratt said power could be cut for some customers before the weekend, but added the company restored power to about 60,000 customers on Tuesday.

“We don’t like inconvenience for our customers,” Kratt said. “We’re pretty determined to get all the customers and their AC back and get their quality of life back and we won’t stop until we’re done.”

Kratt said between 400 and 500 crews from other power providers in the region would be added to AEP crews on Wednesday to help fix the outages.

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