COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The president of American Electric Power of Ohio says the storm that left thousands of Ohio residents without power has far surpassed damage caused by Hurricane Ike four years ago.
AEP-Ohio President and chief executive officer Pablo Vegas says the storms beginning Friday caused more outages and damaged more electrical poles and transmission lines.
Vegas said Thursday that restoring power this time is also more complicated because of the ongoing heat wave with temperatures hitting 100 degrees, compared with relatively mild temperatures in the 70s after Hurricane Ike in September 2008.
Vegas says about 142,000 people remain without power, most in the Newark area in central Ohio and Athens area in southeast Ohio.
Overnight storms Thursday knocked out about 21,000 customers, with power already restored to most of them.