Tri-county area dodges widespread power outages
OHIO VALLEY — Superstorm Sandy blew through the tri-county area Monday into Tuesday and blew out a few lights along the way — though nothing like the derecho in late June.
In Mason County on Tuesday afternoon, American Electric Power (AEP) was reporting 2,214 customers without service.
AEP Spokesperson Jeri Matheny said those scattered outages appeared to be in the Redmond Ridge area of Gallipolis Ferry as well as Leon, Southside, Apple Grove and Ashton. Again, these outages were those which had been reported Tuesday afternoon.
As of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, AEP was reporting 134,000 customers in West Virginia without electric service as a result of the storm. West Virginia locations where the most customers without power have been reported include: Kanawha, Fayette, Cabell, Boone, Raleigh, Lincoln, McDowell, Logan, Putnam, Mercer, Wayne, Nicholas and Greenbrier.
In West Virginia, AEP was saying until assessors can provide a clearer picture of the amount of damage caused by the storm, it was unable to provide specific restoration estimates with any degree of accuracy. AEP reported more than 1,000 company and contract line mechanics and more than 200 damage assessors were dedicated to service restoration in West Virginia. Additional resources were expected to arrive from Ohio on Tuesday.
Speaking of Ohio, both Meigs and Gallia counties had sporatic power outages reported by AEP and Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative (BREC) customers. As of Tuesday afternoon, BREC was reporting 112 customers in Gallia County without power. BREC reported no customers were without power in Meigs County on Tuesday afternoon.
AEP’s online outage map showed Gallia County had 261 customers without power early Tuesday afternoon but Jeff Rennie, corporate spokesperson, said this must’ve been a computer glitch. Rennie said after talking to supervisors in Gallia County, there were less than 50 outages reported and they were scattered throughout the county.
As of late Tuesday afternoon, Rennie said there were no power outages in Meigs County though there were outages reported, and repaired, earlier in the day on Tuesday and on Monday. These outages were in the Portland area, Deem Rd. in the Racine area, Swick Rd. in the Middleport area, Salem Center and Howell Hill in Pomeroy, Ohio.
Rennie said as for the state of Ohio, AEP customers in Canton had seen the highest power outages from the storm, though outages in Southeast as well as Central Ohio had been reported. As of Tuesday afternoon, Canton had 551 power outages and Franklin County was also reporting outages from 385 customers.
At one point Tuesday afternoon, it was estimated 8.2 million people in the eastern United States were without power thanks to Superstorm Sandy with 39 deaths reported, one of which was in West Virginia.
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