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Thousands lose power across Cincinnati's East Side

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OAKLEY, OH (FOX19) -

Duke Energy reported widespread power outages Monday morning across Hamilton County affecting customers in areas like Oakley, Hyde Park and Mount Lookout.

Approximately 22,000 customers were without power at about 7:30 a.m., according to Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen. The number continued to fluctuate between 10,000 and upwards of 30,000 customers.

Officials were looking into a problem at an Oakley substation on Madison Road as well as a substation in Fairfax. Thelen said the root cause was a transformer bank in the Oakley substation that experienced some current issues.

"The equipment is designed to shut off so there isn't a catastrophic failure there," Thelen said in a statement.  "Once we get the repairs made, all will be back on."

Power was completely restored by 6 p.m.

Some business owners had to work around the outages, while others were forced to close for the day.

"It's a real pain. But that's not nearly as devastating as having the electricity going out in the middle of a procedure, which has happened," said Dentist Dr. Rick Sengel who had to cancel all his appointments for the day.

Meanwhile, FOX19 spoke with restaurant workers who said their day was all about making sure the food stayed at a safe temperature. 

Slideshow: What to do with your food during power outages

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