AEP Ohio, Ohio EMA Keeping Close Eye On Storm

AEP Ohio, Ohio EMA Keeping Close Eye On Storm
AEP Ohio, Ohio EMA Keeping Close Eye On Storm
AEP Ohio, Ohio EMA Keeping Close Eye On Storm

The Ohio Emergency Management agency said they are talking to the National Weather Service about the potential impact on the state from Hurricane Sandy.

The state command center will be assessing, monitoring, communicating with county officials as the storm rolls through Ohio.

They hope that people get prepared to possibly lose power for an extended period of time.

"We are doing preparatory things. We exercise, train for on a daily basis. We also, in the past several years, had to do real live instances because we've had several instances of high winds which means loss of power which means problems for the citizens of Franklin County," said Mike Pannell of Franklin County.

The last time central Ohio saw high wind gusts, millions of families and businesses lost power, many for days and even weeks.

AEP Ohio said that it was not expected a repeat of the summer storm impact here in Ohio.

A spokeswoman for AEP Ohio said that they are tracking and monitoring the storm closely and is in standby mode.

At one point on Monday, more than 2,000 central Ohio AEP Ohio customers were without power. Officials said that they could not confirm if the outages were related to Hurricane Sandy.

EMA officials in Delaware County said that they’re keeping a close eye on Sandy’s developments. They said that their main concern was wind.

“So, preparing for widespread outages, it would be making sure we have shelters ready to be open and making sure those with special needs are able to get to those shelters,” said Brian Galligher, director of the Delaware County EMA director

Galligher said that the county’s Red Cross chapter was working closely with EMA officials and is prepared to open shelters if needed.

The EMA has several meetings and calls planned with the weather service over Monday and Tuesday.

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