Ice Storm Cuts Power, Closes Schools

The ice that’s coating much of Ohio has led to power outages affecting thousands and has prompted schools to tell students to stay home.

American Electric Power is gearing up to battle any storm damage on power lines. 470 line workers are scattered across the state to make repairs. 120 additional workers are coming in from other states to assist. AEP services 1.5 million customers in Ohio and West Virginia.

Currently AEP reports about 650 customers in Franklin County are without power. About 225 homes in Delaware County are still without electricity this afternoon.

FirstEnergy Corp. reports on its website that more than 2,000 Cleveland customers have no power.

The National Weather Service says sleet and freezing rain from a storm predicted to affect a third of the country may put Ohio under a half-inch of ice. Forecasters are warning about the potential for hazardous driving conditions.

Scores of school districts canceled today’s classes, including the public schools in Columbus, Toledo, Akron and Canton. Ohio State University has closed its Marion and Newark campuses.

Several airlines have canceled flights today out of Columbus International Airport due to freezing rain that fell overnight and could fall throughout the day.