Crews working to restore power in Tri-State after massive outage

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Gusty winds Saturday in the Cincinnati area brought down power lines and trees.

Winds reached 40 mph while wind gusts topped 53 mph on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

The wind gusts caused yards and roads to be littered with downed trees and branches in neighborhoods around the Tri-State.

Duke Energy reported over 5400 customers were without power early Sunday morning with over 27,000 customers reportedly affected at the height of the outage.

Sally Thelen with Duke Energy said more customers lost power periodically since Saturday night bringing the total number of restorations to over 40,000.

Duke has a large amount of their workforce out including damage assessors, linemen, and tree crews, said Thelen.

“If you see a downed power line, contact your local utility immediately. Don’t touch the line or anything that is in contact with it. Don’t attempt to move the line. Keep others away, and consider every wire on the ground to be energized and dangerous,” urges tips from Duke Energy.

With thousands affected by outages across the area, restoration of power will take time as crews remove vegetation, repair poles, and rehang lines, said Thelen.

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