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Storms cause power outages

July 27, 2012
By MARK LAW - staff writter ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Another round of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon left a couple thousand people in the dark overnight, and about 1,500 AEP customers may not have their power restored until midnight Saturday.

Carmen Prati-Miller, AEP spokesperson, said 1,576 customers were without electricity in Dillonvale, Mount Pleasant, Amsterdam, Alikanna and Toronto. She said power is expected to be restored by midnight Saturday.

There were 734 AEP customers without electric in Harrison County.

Also, Mon Power reported 553 customers without power in the New Cumberland area and 21 in Weirton.

The National Weather Service in Moon Township, Pa., reported widespread damage throughout Eastern Ohio, the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.

"Name a county and there are downed trees and power lines," said Lee Hendricks, meteorologist.

Hendricks said there were generally 60 mph winds with the storms that came through the area Thursday afternoon and evening. Some areas received heavy rainfall. He said the Leesville Lake area in Carroll County reported 2.7 inches of rain during the storms.

Temperatures today will be in the low 80s, compared to the 90s on Thursday.

Hendricks said there is a 60 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms during the day and evening today. The chance of rain and thunderstorms lingers overnight and diminishes as the day progresses on Saturday. He said Sunday should be a "beautiful day," with mostly sunny skies and a high around 84.

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