Impactful Weekend Weather Winter Storms Causes Disruptions for Over 13,000 Customers
Over the weekend, winter storms swept through the region, causing disruptions for thousands of AES Ohio customers. The severe weather, characterized by strong winds, led to power outages, damaged distribution infrastructure, and impacted numerous poles, leaving a total of 13,457 customers without electricity.
Extent of Damage and Outages
The adverse weather Winter Storms conditions, spanning Friday and Saturday, resulted in the loss of power for a significant number of customers. AES Ohio reported that four distribution transformers were damaged, and 32 poles were broken during the two-day period. Outages began on Friday afternoon, affecting over 2,000 customers in Preble County and other western Miami Valley areas. Darke County also experienced power outages on Friday as wind gusts toppled power lines.
Continued Challenges and Service Disruptions
The impact persisted into Saturday morning, with AES Ohio confirming 2,200 customers without service. Southern Montgomery County and Warren County were particularly affected by large-scale outages. The challenging weather conditions, compounded by sub-freezing temperatures, created difficulties for swift restoration efforts.
Ongoing Weather Concerns and Outlook
As the region braces for continued winter weather, the National Weather Service in Wilmington forecasts sub-freezing temperatures throughout the week. Additionally, multiple chances for accumulating snow are anticipated on Thursday and Friday, with possible accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Monday’s highs are expected to reach the mid-30s, offering a temporary reprieve before potentially milder temperatures later in the week.
The aftermath of the weekend storms highlights the importance of preparedness and resilience in the face of unpredictable weather patterns. AES Ohio continues its efforts to restore power and address damages, ensuring the safety and well-being of affected customers. Stay tuned for further updates as the situation develops.