Ice Storm Causing Problems Around Ohio

An ice storm has left hundreds of thousands in the dark in Ohio and has closed schools in many of the state’s largest districts.

Utilities reported outages Wednesday affecting almost 240,000 Ohio customers. American Electric Power brought in about 600 people from out of state to help repair lines pulled down by ice buildup from Tuesday’s freezing rain and sleet.

More than 100 thousand Ohioans woke up this morning without power. In Franklin County, more than 50,000 remain in the dark, along with close to 20,000 in Delaware County.

Northeast Ohio’s Stark County, including Canton, appeared to have the worst power problems, with nearly 52,000 customers out. Public schools in Canton, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton and Akron canceled Wednesday’s classes.

Possible wind gusts exceeding 45 mph threatened to bring down tree limbs and more power lines on Wednesday.

In northwest Ohio, authorities are having a hard time keeping up with multiple accidents on Interstate 75 in northwest Ohio, which has been shut down in several spots since early Wednesday.

The State Highway Patrol says a truck pileup is blocking all of the southbound lanes of I-75 just south of Lima. Another big accident overnight closed the highway north of Lima for several hours, but that stretch is now open.

So far, no major injuries have been reported.