Steady rains, wind causing local problems

THE RAINS came and with the steady downpower were wind gusts, resulting in electric lines down with power outages occurring in Ohio and elsewhere.

Not only did Hurricane Sandy create electrical problems for many area residents, but many schools were on two-hour delays.

Even though outages were reported in Eastern Ohio counties, the American Electric Power map showed the Canton area as being the hardest hit in the Buckeye State, as of this morning.

Both American Electric Power and South Central Power reported outages beginning Monday, and some residents were still without power this morning.

Of South Central Power Co., the county hardest hit was Harrison with 360 outages, according to the company’s map. Overall throughout the state, South Central had 983 outages with the most in Hocking County.

South Central customers not having electrical power were Belmont County, 11, and Monroe, 12, according to the map.

AEP crews worked Monday night to restore electrical power to 290 customers in Jefferson County.

The AEP map shows outages extending from Columbus to Wheeling, but numbers were unavailable at press time.

Several West Virginia counties, especially Marshall County, had residents without electrical power because of the weather conditions.

Dayle Conaway of the Belmont County Engineeering Depadrtment reported some trees were down on Colerain Pike and the Cats Run area of Powhatan Point.

Dave Ivan, coordinator of the Belmont County Emergency Mangement Agency said there were no flooding problems in the county because of the rains. He said all creeks and streams are in their banks.

The Ohio Department of Transportation, Morristown garage, said some trees were down on Ohio 9. but there were no major problems on state highways in the county.