Duke Energy continues to be out in full restoration mode today. Company officials said they are still predicting 95 percent restoration by midnight on Monday, and the remainder by midnight Tuesday.
Friday’s storm left 177,000 outages in Ohio, and as of this writing, we are at approximately 24,100.
We have more than 800 field personnel will be in the Ohio service territory working to restore power today. That includes local workers, contractors from the region, and crews from Indiana who have finished work there and mutual assistance from other utilities. Mutual assistance has come from 9 states from Alabama to Wisconsin. (Indiana, Alabama, NC, SC, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri)
Hundreds of additional people (logistics, call center, etc.) are supporting the restoration effort as well.
The quickest way for customers to report outages is to call Ohio/Kentucky 1-800-543-5599
Extreme heat and possible severe weather is forecast again today. If you or someone in your home has specific medical needs and are without power, please make alternative arrangements. In addition, please check on elderly family members, neighbors and pets.
Help protect food during a power outage by keeping refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. Refrigerators should keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened. A full freezer should hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours if the door stays closed (about 24 hours if it is half full). Make sure to have items on hand that do not require refrigeration and can be eaten cold or heated on an outdoor grill.
To learn more about keeping food safe during a power outage, visit the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Web site.
Please slow down or move over if you see Duke Energy crews or emergency management crews working along the side the road. This will help make sure the folks working to restore power finish the job and get home to their families safely.
Safety remains critically important during restoration efforts. Continue to tell your audiences to avoid downed power lines. They should be considered energized and dangerous.