Mon July 2, 2012
Weekend Storms Cause Damage And Outages Throughout Ohio
A second burst of thunderstorms has knocked out electricity for thousands more Ohioans, including some that had just had their power restored after being left in the dark earlier in the weekend.
Dayton Power and Light reports that there still remain many power outages across the listening area. The bulk is in Montgomery and Greene Counties where just over 13 thousand people are without power as of Monday morning. The company says the storms have caused significant damage to their election system. Overall 175 thousand people were affected. DP&L says they hope to have power restored to all of their customers by Wednesday evening.
President Barack Obama has declared a federal emergency in Ohio after Gov. John Kasich asked for help. Kasich declared a state emergency and called out the National Guard, who began knocking on doors this weekend in the Dayton area to check on people without power.
Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are working with state officials and relief workers to determine the biggest needs.
Residents without power can call their local 211 numbers for information and assistance, or 911 in an emergency.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.