High winds causing widespread outages

High winds are causing widespread power outages across the Tri-State.

Throughout the late morning, Duke Energy was reporting between 3,000 and 4,000 customers without power.

But by 12:30 p.m., the number jumped to 14,346 in Kentucky and Ohio and 8,236 in Indiana. An hour later, it doubled to 31,725 in Kentucky and Ohio, with about half of those being in Butler County.

In addition, Owen Electric was reporting 814 outages as of 11 a.m. However, many customers had been restored by early afternoon.

Residents are also reporting hearing explosions as transporters are falling. There are also several reports of down power lines.

To report an outage to Duke, click here: https://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/outages/report.asp. To report an outage to Owen Electric, call 800-372-7612.

Also, you should be prepared if your power does go out. Click here for some tips: https://www.duke-energy.com/ohio/outages/power-out.asp. Duke also reminds you to stay away from fallen or damaged power lines, and never touch limbs or trees that have fallen on or near power lines.

The power outages are a result of high winds that are moving through the area as a result of a strong low pressure system. The Tri-State remains under a high wind warning. Light snow is possible Wednesday evening, but large accumulation is not expected. However, the wind chill is expected to be near zero. Click here for the latest from the FOX19 Weather Team.

The City of Cincinnati is opening its winter shelter at the Over-the-Rhine Community Center, 1715 Republic Street, from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Duke says they are as prepared as they can be for this storm.

"We've now instituted a call center at home service," Thelen said. "Which allows our call center agents to go online and take live calls, and therefore to help to our customers more quickly."

And speed is the key when the wind causes untold damage. Duke Energy said they are prepared for the possibility of blackouts and the windstorm in September of 2008 gave them plenty of practice.

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