Ohio Governor John Kasich issued a statewide State of Emergency following storms. He released the following statement.
"I’m very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat, and so I’ve declared an emergency for all of Ohio so that state resources and personnel can help local governments meet the needs and challenges that they face. Ohioans in affected areas should, if possible, stay tuned to their radios or TVs for information on where they can go for assistance. Those without power can call their local 211 numbers for information on where to turn for help. Folks should also knock on their neighbors’ doors to make sure they’re ok and look out for those who they know might need some extra help. Together we’ll get through this.”
Duke Energy said that this will be a multi-day restoration effort for some customers.
If you are without power, residents can go to the following cooling stations set up:
- South Lebanon/Hamilton Township – 7780 South State Route 48
- South Lebanon – 285 E Pike St.
- Mason - 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road
Severe weather moved through the Tri-State late Friday afternoon, causing damage in many parts of the Local 12 viewing area and knocking out power to thousands of residents.
Duke Energy reported 157,000 homes and businesses without power at 6:30 p.m. Friday. 23,000 of those outages were in Butler County, 63,000 were in Hamilton County and 19,000 were in Warren County. There were also about 25,000 Clermont County customers, 8000 customers in Campbell County and 10,900 in Kenton County in the dark.
The City of Hamilton sent out a media advisory around 5:45 p.m. They provide power to residents and they said about 3400 customers weree without service in Hamilton. Several circuit breakers tripped, serving the Fordson Heights & Brookwood neighborhoods, Pyramid Hill Blvd and the area around Main & McKinley Avenues.
Duke Energy could not give an estimate as to when power will be restored to all customers. As of 11 a.m. Saturday, about 78,000 customers were still without power.
Local 12's Angenette Levy toured damage in Sharonville and Local 12's Dan Spehler was at the Speedway in Sparta where a giant tent was tossed. You can watch both of their reports.