Thousands Without Power After Heavy Storms

Weather radar maps show a strong line of thunderstorms approaching Central Ohio late Sunday. The storm system caused severe damage and at least six deaths in Illinois and other parts of the Midwest.(Photo: National Weather Service)
Weather radar maps show a strong line of thunderstorms approaching Central Ohio late Sunday. The storm system caused severe damage and at least six deaths in Illinois and other parts of the Midwest.(Photo: National Weather Service)

Tens of thousands of utility customers were without power across Ohio after heavy winds from an unusually large and strong late-season storm system rolled through the state.

Electric companies were working to restore power to more than 71,000 customers after downed power lines knocked out power Sunday night. It wasn’t known when all of the service would be restored.

Nearly 19,500 AEP Ohio customers were still without power early Monday. About 3,000 Central Ohio AEP customers were still without power by 6 am.

First Energy reported more than 42,000 outages and Duke Energy reported about 9,800 outages.

A statewide tornado watch was cancelled after the serious storms moved out of Ohio by 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

There were no confirmed reports of tornadoes in Ohio Sunday night and winds gusted to 66 mph, the weather service said.

At least six people were killed in other parts of the Midwest, including Illinois, which was hit hardest.

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