Power Knocked Out To 50K In Franklin County


UPDATED: Wednesday February 2, 2011 5:33 PM

4:35 P.M.:  More than 47,000 AEP customers remained in the dark at 4:30 p.m., the company said. The largest number of outages was in Franklin County, where 32,989 customers were still without power. In Delaware County, 10, 416 customers were without power.

4:20 P.M.: The American Red Cross of Greater Columbus has opened an emergency shelter at the Hilliard United Methodist Church, 5445 Scioto Darby Rd., for residents impacted by the severe winter weather. Residents who have lost power as a result of the ice and winds are welcome to stay at the emergency shelter.  People should plan to take blankets and pillows, medication for 24 hours, point of contact numbers for relatives and friends as well as photo identification with them to the shelter. This emergency shelter is not suitable for individuals with special medical needs.

The city of Upper Arlington closed its senior center and was advising residents without power to go to the Hilliard shelter location.

12:40 P.M.:  The city of Upper Arlington was allowing residents who lost power to use its senior center. The Upper Arlington location is at 1945 Ridgeview Rd. For more information call 614-583-5320. The city of Dublin has also invited residents to use its community center, located at 5600 Post Rd. The center is open until 9:30 p.m. and has showers and locker rooms, and free wireless Internet access. For more information call 614-410-4550.

12:30 P.M.:  More than 70,000 American Electric Power customers in the 10TV viewing area are without power, including 46,037 in Franklin County and 16,625 in Delaware County.  AEP said it anticipates a "multi-day" restoration process and said it could take up to six days to get power fully restored to all customers.

12:10 P.M.: Power has been restored to the traffic lights at the intersection of state Route 315 and Bethel Road in Franklin County; and the intersections of state Route 257 and Stratford Road and state Route 750 and Sawmill Parkway in Delaware County, ODOT said.

11:20 A.M.:  Below is a wrap up of ODOT efforts by county, courtesy of spokeswoman Nancy Burton:

Total number of snow plows working: 122

County by County Wrap-up:

Delaware

  • 18 Plows Working
  • No ODOT roads closed
  • Traffic signals that are either dark or flashing and need power restored: 4
  • Locations:
    U.S. 23 /Grief Brothers
    U.S. 23 just north of SR 750
    S.R. 257  at Stratford
    S.R. 750 at Sawmill Parkway

Fayette

  • 11 Plows Working
  • ODOT Road Closed: SR 41 between Jeffersonville and South Solon
  • Traffic Signals that either dark or flashing and need power restored: 0

Franklin

  • No ODOT roads closed
  • Traffic Signals that are either dark or flashing and need power restored: 8
  • Locations:
    I-71 and US 62
    I-71 and SR 665
    U.S. 62 and SR 665
    S.R. 315 at Bethel Road
    U.S. 33 at Knottingham
    U.S. 33 and West Case
    U.S. 33 at Cranstone
    U.S. 33 at Fishinger (on generator power)

Madison

  • 14 Snow Plows Working
  • Partial Road Closings
    S.R. 665 at McGuire Road (4 miles east of London) one lane closed because of downed power lines
    RT 56 east of Robinson Road (3 miles west of I-71) one lane closed to replace utility poles
  • Traffic Signals that are either dark or flashing and need power restored: 0

Marion

  • No ODOT roads closed
  • Traffic Signals that either dark or flashing and need power restored: 0

Morrow

  • 9 Plows Working
  • No ODOT roads closed
  • Traffic Signals that are either dark or flashing and need power restored: 0

Pickaway

  • 10 Plows Working
  • No ODOT roads closed
  • Traffic Signals that are either dark or flashing and need power restored: 0

Union

  • 12 Plows Working
  • No ODOT roads closed
  • Traffic Signals that are either dark or flashing and need power restored: 0

10:50 A.M.:  More than 50,000 are still without electricity in Franklin County.

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According to outage numbers on AEP's Web site, about 53,000 customers have no electricity.   In neighboring Delaware County, 17,293 customers in Delaware County are without power.

Other central Ohio county outages are:

Knox:  5,005
Licking:   1,334
Madison:  2,594

8:40 A.M.:  The power is out for thousands of people across the state.

Utilities reported outages Wednesday affecting more than 200,000 Ohio customers.

American Electric Power says it brought in about 600 people from out of state to help repair lines pulled down by ice buildup from Tuesday's freezing rain and sleet.
     
Forecasts for wind gusts possibly exceeding 45 mph threatened to bring down more power lines on Wednesday.

Northeast Ohio's Stark County, including Canton, appears to have the worst power problems, with nearly 55,000 customers out. Public schools in Canton canceled Wednesday's classes, as did the school districts in Cleveland, Dayton and Akron.

8 A.M.:  The Columbus Zoo will be closed on Wednesday because of a power outage.

7:20 A.M: More than 50,000 AEP customers are without power in Franklin County.  Outages are expected to be an issue throughout the day as winds increase.

According to AEP's Web site, 50,412 of its residents in Franklin County do not have power.  In Delaware County, nearly 23,000 customers lost electricity.

Other county totals as of 7:15 a.m. were:

Madison: 2,595
Licking: 2,064
Knox:  4,236

6:30 A.M.: 10TV News HD will stay on the air past 7 a.m. with special coverage of the winter storm.

6 A.M.:  Thousands of central Ohioans are without power on Wednesday morning.

Here is a list of counties with the most outages, according to AEP's Web site:

Delaware: 23, 503
Franklin:  50,203
Knox: 3,965
Licking: 2,037
Madison: 2,595

5:20 A.M.:  The latest from Doppler 10 meteorologist Mike Davis:

A strong area of low pressure and its associated cold front will move east of the state today. As it passes, temperatures will drop sharply along with strong, gusty winds.

Areas with heavy ice build-up will likely see numerous tree branches and power lines come down. There's still a chance for showers changing to snow early, followed by scattered snow showers later today and temperatures dropping into the 20s by afternoon.

Winds will be 20-30mph with gusts approaching 40-50 mph in some areas. High pressure builds in tomorrow. Skies will be partly cloudy tomorrow and Friday ahead of a weak system that may bring light snow showers over the weekend.

5:15 A.M.:  Columbus City Schools are closed today.  Get the latest closings and delays here.

5 A.M.:  The latest update from ODOT's Nancy Burton:

ODOT crews throughout Central Ohio continue to battle snow, ice, sleet, freezing rain and sleet in order to keep roads safe and passable.

126 ODOT snow plows are on duty in Delaware, Fayette, Franklin. Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties.

Drivers, if they do have to travel, are encouraged to use extreme care and allow for extra time to reach your destination.

Please give snow plows room to work. Don't crowd the Plow.

ODOT winter forces will continue to work 12-hour shifts throughout Central Ohio until the storm passes and clean-up is complete.

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