More than 140,000 homes and businesses, mostly in Ohio, were without power early
Thursday following severe thunderstorms on Wednesday, according to local power
American Electric Power Co Inc, the hardest-hit utility in
Ohio, said a strong band of severe weather traveled across the state Wednesday
afternoon, causing "considerable damage" to its electric system.
winds with gusts registering at over 70 miles per hour in some parts of the
state, coupled with heavy rains and severe lightning, has caused damage to
electrical equipment, broke poles and downed power lines," AEP said in a
AEP warned customers to be prepared for the possibility of
extended power outages over the next several days.