Power Out for Several Following Last Night’s Storm

stars-storyA day of unseasonably warm weather brought with it a night of severe thunder storms to the area. The storms caused several in the area to be without power including 156 American Electric Power (AEP) customers in Meigs County. Buckeye Rural Electric reported no outages for Meigs County Customers.

Crews from both electric companies were working through the night to restore power from the result of wind damage through the area. AEP offers several tips for those who are dealing with a power outage:

Unplug major appliances to protect them from a power surge when power comes back on.

Leave a light turned on so you know when power is restored.

Refuel heaters, lamps, and generators outside, and stay away from any flames or sparks. Wipe up fuel spills immediately.

Contact us if you’re using a generator — this protects you and our line workers as they work to restore power. Be safe with backup generators.

Never operate lanterns, heaters, or fuel-fired stoves without proper ventilation.

Never burn charcoal indoors. It releases poisonous carbon monoxide.

Avoid downed power lines or sparking equipment.

Never remove debris that’s within 10 feet of a power line.

Prevent children from carrying candles or oil lamps.