Duke Energy: Power expected to be fully restored Sunday after ice storm outages

Trees and shrubbery suffered widespread damage

Duke Energy: Power expected to be fully restored Sunday after ice storm outages
Duke Energy reporting power outages. (Neeley, Melissa)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Duke Energy crews have been working to fully restore power to customers after an ice storm hit the Tri-State Thursday.

Almost 200,000 OH-KY customers lost power due to the ice storm causing tree branches and even whole trees to break and fall, taking down power lines with them.

Duke Energy reports power should be fully restored by 12 p.m. Sunday.

As of 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Duke Energy reported about 1300 customers remained without power.

Crews from North Carolina have been assisting local crews with getting the power restored.

Arborist and tree care services said the ice storm caused widespread damage to trees and shrubs.

Ohio State University Assistant Professor of Entomology Joe Boggs said the reason for such widespread damage was the time of the year.

“With many trees and shrubs still holding onto a high percentage of their leaves, the impact was very different than if the ice event had occurred in February,” said Boggs.

Storm damage in someone’s living room. Awesome day here in Cincinnati. #treeclimbing #tree #madeira #ice #vermeer...

Posted by Dave & Aaron Stang’s Certified Tree Care on Thursday, November 15, 2018

Officials with the Boone County Arboretum reported significant damage with half of their collection of over 3,600 trees and shrubs experiencing ice damage.

Arboretum officials also said 10 to 15 percent suffered severe ice damage and are asking certified arborists in the area to donate their time in the coming months to perform corrective pruning on the damaged trees.

The Arboretum sustained significant damage from todays ice storm. Our paths are cleared but it will take quite a while...

Posted by Boone County Arboretum on Thursday, November 15, 2018

Cincinnati Parks reported on Thursday that “nearly 100 downed trees throughout the city” were reported to the Park’s Urban Forestry team.

Mt. Airy Forest is expected to be closed until Wednesday as crews remove debris and dangerous dangling branches, Cincinnati Parks announced Friday.

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