By Stefano DiPietrantonio - email
FT. WRIGHT, KY (FOX19) - Parts of Ohio and Northern Kentucky spent part of their Monday night without heat or power, thanks to problems with a transformer in Erlanger for one outage and an accident is responsible for a second outage.
Duke Energy reported close to 15,000 customers lost power around 7:30 Monday night. The Super Wal-Mart in Fort Wright was all but dark, except for the Burger King, which sits right below it.
They were one of the only ones with power, while their neighbors were powerless for close to an hour and a half.
At Dickman's Sports Bar, where radio station WLW hosts a radio show, they were knocked-off their air mid-show.
So, cooks and waitresses suddenly found themselves scrambling to print tickets and serve food before back up power disappeared.
"We have back-up batteries for all the computers, those only last a few minutes and also have emergency lighting," said Tonja Gemmer, Manager at Dickman's. "We have a really understanding group of patrons so everyone just sat there, they were finishing their beers. the second guest for the show showed up. Tom Nelson walked in and everybody still applauded even in the dark."
But, the talk show hosts had already left the bar and headed back to their main studios in Kenwood.
At last check, the vast majority of those people have their power back on.
A second outage that left initially 5,000 customers without power. This happened on the Ohio side of the river, in the neighborhoods of Riverside and Delhi Township, from a car that hit a pole on Hillside Avenue.