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Severe weather, storm damage leaves residents without power

Thousands of Tristate residents are without power.
Thousands of Tristate residents are without power.(Duke Energy)
Published: May. 21, 2022 at 3:24 PM EDT|Updated: May. 21, 2022 at 3:31 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Over a thousand residents in the Cincinnati area are without power after a severe thunderstorm watch was issued.

As of 9:00 p.m., just under 1,500 residents are without power, according to Duke Energy’s outage map.

The map shows the majority of outages are in the areas of Harrison, New Baltimore and Colerain Township.

Here are some steps Duke says to take now to safely prepare for winter weather and outages:

  • Ensure an adequate supply of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, nonperishable foods, medicines, etc., as well as the availability of a portable, battery-operated radio, TV or weather radio.
  • Make alternate shelter arrangements as needed if they will be significantly impacted by a loss of power – especially families who have special medical needs or elderly members.
  • If a power line falls across a car that you’re in, stay in the car.
  • If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
  • Ice and snow can cause hazardous driving conditions resulting in traffic accidents and downed utility poles and power lines that, in turn, can cause isolated power outages. If you’re driving and encounter emergency responders or other roadside work crews, remember to MOVE OVER.
  • If you use a generator due to a power outage, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe and proper operation. Operate your generator outside; never operate it inside a building or garage.
  • Don’t use grills or other outdoor appliances or equipment indoors for space heating or cooking, as these devices may emit carbon monoxide.
  • Be prepared for an emergency by purchasing an emergency preparedness kit from the Red Cross.
  • Stay away from power lines that have fallen or are sagging. Consider all lines energized as well as trees or limbs in contact with lines.
  • Report downed power lines to Duke Energy or local emergency services.

Customers can report power outages by texting “OUT” to 57801 or by calling 800.543.5599.

You also can report an outage online at duke-energy.com/outages or through the Duke Energy mobile app.

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