Thousands without power in Ohio following severe storms

DP&l power lines. (WDTN Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands in Ohio remained without power after severe storms pushed through the state.

Nearly 7,500 First Energy customers were without power early Tuesday in pockets of northern Ohio. American Electric Power also reported about 3,500 outages, while Duke Energy reported less than 50 outages in southwest Ohio.

The outages came after strong thunderstorms moved through the state late Monday afternoon and evening, knocking down trees and power lines in many areas.

Severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings were issued in many parts of the state as the storms moved in.

The Columbus Dispatch reports more than 20,000 AEP customers in central Ohio were without power at one point Monday night.

Crews expected to have electricity restored to most homes by later in the day Tuesday.

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