Thousands without power after storms; some schools delayed

Source: Elaine Duras, FOX19 News Nation (
Source: Elaine Duras, FOX19 News Nation (

(FOX19) - Thousands of families are without power after strong storms moved through the Tri-state Monday night.

More than 70,000 Duke Energy customers lost power at the peak of the storm. That number is down to 22,000 on Tuesday morning. About half of those are in Hamilton County.

The power outages have delayed a few schools - Clermont Northeastern and Hillsboro City Schools are each on a 2-hour delay, and Manchester Local Schools are on a 90 minute delay with no morning preschool. Hamersville Elementary and Middle School are also on a 2-hour delay. The Goddard School in Fairfield is closed, as is the Art Institute of Ohio's Cincinnati campus.

There are still reports of power lines down. Duke Energy crews are out in full force, working to get the lights back on.

If you see power lines down, assume they are dangerous and stay away. To report any power outages call 513-651-4182.

There is another chance for severe weather Tuesday afternoon, but the threat is not as high as it was on Monday. Stay on top of the severe weather on

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