Governor declares State of Emergency for Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) - Saturday, Governor Kasich declared a State of Emergency for the entire state of Ohio.

This is due to the severe storms and high winds that knocked out power across two-thirds of the state.

Crews are estimating that it could take up to a week to restore power.

Due to high temperatures, there is a concern of crisis situations for the elderly, young children and those with sensitive medical conditions.

"I'm very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat, and so I've declared an emergency for all of Ohio so that state resources and personnel can help local governments meet the needs and challenges that they face.  Ohioans in affected areas should, if possible, stay tuned to their radios or TVs for information on where they can go for assistance.  Those without power can call their local 211 numbers for information on where to turn for help. Folks should also knock on their neighbors' doors to make sure they're ok and look out for those who they know might need some extra help.  Together we'll get through this," said Kasich.

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