More than 5K Duke Energy customers remain without power

More than 5K Duke Energy customers remain without power
More than 8,000 Duke Energy customers are without power as high winds blow through the Tri-State early Friday. (Source: Duke Energy)

WEST CHESTER TWP., Ohio (FOX19) - More than 5,000 Duke Energy customers remain without power Friday morning due to high winds overnight, an improvement over more than 9,000 in the dark earlier.

Some residents won’t see their power restored until 10 a.m. Kenton County customers may have to wait until 2 p.m., according to the utility’s website.

“Outages are wind related,” said Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen. “The Restoration time is an estimated number that may be updated during weather events like this storm system. We are out doing damage assessments now and are working on restorations now that winds are slowing down. Each outage can have different characteristics so I’d steer away from comparison. Depending on nature of cause of outage, some repairs like fixing a broken pole or rehanging power lines takes many more hours and manpower.”

A wind advisory was dropped earlier this morning as winds that gusted into the upper 40s and above in some areas subsided.

Winds are still expected to gust above 20 mph into the afternoon.

Dayton International Airport saw winds top out at 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. Lunken Airport in Cincinnati’s East End clocked winds at 47 mph. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport reported 46.

Butler and Warren counties were hit the hardest with power outages so far, according to Duke Energy’s website.

Some 2,000 alone were in the dark in the West Chester Township area, Duke reports.

Time of restoration is listed on their website as 9:30 a.m. Friday.

Another 2,000 are out in eastern Hamilton and Warren counties, where time of restoration is listed as 10 a.m.

The communities of Loveland and Hamilton Township appear to be impacted the most in those areas, according to Duke Energy’s website.

Dispatchers in Hamilton and Warren counties reported no major damage.

Butler County dispatchers report minor storm damage so far, but they say trees are down “all over,” most recently on Fernway Drive and Ohio 4 in Fairfield Township.

No major roads are closed at this time in the area, they say.

Some utility poles fell in other parts of Fairfield Township, at Princeton Road and Walden Ponds Road, and a traffic sign fell on Liberty-Fairfield Road and Shandon Drive in Liberty Township, according to dispatch.

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