High wind knocks out power to thousands

FILE PHOTO: Storm clouds and strong winds moved into the Huber Heights area Friday night, June 18, 2021. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF
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FILE PHOTO: Storm clouds and strong winds moved into the Huber Heights area Friday night, June 18, 2021. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

Power has been restored to thousands of AES customers early Thursday afternoon after wind gusts knocked out service to more than 6,800 customers.

AES Ohio reported 1,527 outages as of 1:56 p.m. Shortly after 1 p.m. there were 6,851 outages recorded, but that number dropped to just more than 1,500 within the hour. The majority of the customers affected are in Champaign, Greene and Preble counties, according to the AES Ohio outage map.

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“AES Ohio is aware that approximately 6,800 households have lost power due to strong wind gusts throughout our service territory,” read a tweet shared by AES Ohio. “Crews are currently responding to restore electricity.”

As of 7:26 p.m., there were 280 customers in the local area without power, including:

  • Montgomery County: 139
  • Preble County: 107
  • Greene County: 18
  • Darke County: 10
  • Miami County: 4
  • Warren County 2

The National Weather Service in Wilmington forecasted a breezy start to the afternoon with wind gusts reaching nearly 40 mph.

Winds were expected to calm down once the rain arrived, but some gusts will remain, according to NWS.

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