AEP: ~40,000 Ohioans Without Power After Wind Storm

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio — American Electric Power says more than fifty of Ohio’s eighty-eight counties are experiencing power outages Wednesday due to high winds. The winds are blamed on an electrical malfunction at a home on Forest Ave. near Maple Ave. in Zanesville.

“Right now, we’re getting a good many runs as far as electrical lines down and, you know, we like to, with this warmer weather out, kids are outside, people are outside walking around and enjoying this weather, but right now with power lines because of the high winds, we’re starting to see them come down,” says Doug Hobson, Zanesville Fire Dept. Asst. Chief.

“I’d like to just caution everybody, if you have kids out, if you’re out walking in the alleys between houses, please be very careful. Be on the lookout for downed lines. If you come across one, please don’t get anywhere near it. Please give us a call. Call the emergency number 9-1-1, let us come out and investigate, make sure it’s live, we’ll get AEP out on the scene. You know, we’re on a scene right now on Forest Avenue where they lost their entry line,” Hobson adds.