Tuesday, September 16, 2008


Columbus - The Ohio Department of Public Safety and Ohio Emergency Management Agency are continuing to coordinate the state’s response to the major windstorm that swept through Ohio Sunday, caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ike. Six people lost their lives as a result of the storm, with widespread debris, damage and power outages impacting millions of Ohioans.

Governor Ted Strickland declared a state of emergency Monday in response to the widespread impact of Sunday’s major windstorm. State officials are monitoring the situation and coordinating resources to affected areas. State partners are working collectively in this effort and maintaining contact with their liaisons throughout the state and include the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, both divisions of the Ohio Department of Public Safety; Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; Ohio Department of Transportation; Ohio National Guard; Ohio Community Service Council; Department of Administrative Services; Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Ohio Department of Insurance; Department of Aging; Ohio Department of Health; and the American Red Cross.

Ohio's electric utility providers report significant progress has been made in the effort to restore power during the past 24 hours, with a reduction in the number of affected customers from 1.92 million yesterday, to 1.4 million this morning. As of 10 a.m.
- American Electric Power: Approximately 492,000 customers remain without service.
- Dayton Power & Light: Approximately 180,000 customers remain without service, down from more than 200,000 Sunday.
- Duke Energy: Approximately 446,000 customers in eight southwestern Ohio counties remain without service, down from a peak outage of more than 600,000 customers;
- First Energy: 260,000 customers remain without service in the utility provider’s Ohio Edison and Illuminating Co. service areas, down from a peak outage of more than one million customers;
- Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives: 46,200 customers remain without service, as 10 of Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives remain significantly impacted.
- AMP-Ohio: Among the 81 public power communities in Ohio, Columbus Public Power has fully restored service while Cleveland Public Power has reduced its impact from 15,000 customers to 850 customers as of this morning.

The Governor will visit the Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus areas later today to view the storm’s impact and meet with local officials for the latest local assessments of recovery activities. Joining the Governor for today’s tour will be Ohio Adjutant General Greg Wayt, Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Henry Guzmán and Ohio Emergency Management Agency Executive Director Nancy Dragani.

Ohioans are again reminded to exercise caution as utility crews and local officials continue utility infrastructure repairs and restoration efforts. For the latest information on the state’s coordinated response to the storm, visit www.ema.ohio.gov.


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