With the coldest temperatures in years upon us, along with dangerous wind chills, roughly 3,000 AEP customers locally were without power this evening.
As of 7:15 this evening, according to the AEP website, full restoration had taken place in Guernsey and Harrison Counties. There were still 388 customers in the dark in Noble Co, 115 in Belmont. The incident began shortly before 5 pm this evening, there was no word on what actually caused the outage.
In addition, around 5 pm this evening, Guernsey Muskingum Electric Cooperative was reporting a power outage to their Antrim substation. The outage the result of a transmission issue to the substation. Unofficials reports indicate that shortly after 7 pm, power was also being restored to that area.
The Guernsey Co Senior Citizens Center on Carlisle Ave in Cambridge, in conjunction with the Guernsey Co EMA and American Red Cross, has made itself available as an 24 hour emergency warming shelter. The number there is 439-6681. The Guernsey Co EMA's number is 432-9292. This shelter is available on a 24 hour basis. It is also being reported that the Secrest Senior Center in Senecaville is available.
Sources say that if needed, the Faith Baptist Church in Belle Valley is available as a shelter for residents in Noble Co. For more informaton contact the Noble Co Sheriff's Office for more information at 732-5631
Residents needing emergency shelter may also contact their area fire department or law enforcement agency for assistance and information.