Thousands Of Ohioans Without Power After Strong Storms

UPDATED: Monday November 18, 2013 2:27 AM

Tens of thousands of utility customers are without power across Ohio after heavy winds from an unusually large and strong late-season storm system rolled through the state.

Electric companies are working to restore power to more than 71,000 customers after downed power lines knocked out power Sunday night. It wasn't known when all of the service would be restored.

Nearly 19,500 AEP Ohio customers were still without power early Monday. First Energy reported more than 42,000 outages and Duke Energy reported about 9,800 outages.

A statewide tornado watch was cancelled after the serious storms moved out of Ohio by 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. There were no confirmed reports of tornadoes in Ohio Sunday night and winds gusted to 66 mph, the weather service said.

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