MIAMI VALLEY, Ohio (WDTN) – As winds picked up on Saturday, December 11, AES Ohio saw power outages climb into the thousands.

At 12:30 am, a tornado watch was issued for most of the Miami Valley, Storm Team 2 meteorologists say. Affected counties included Montgomery, Butler, Miami, Warren, Darke, Miami, Shelby, Greene, Preble, and several others.

Thunderstorms and strong winds reaching up to 60 mph battered trees and telephone lines, causing many homes to lose power.

At 4:30 Saturday morning, over 1,500 homes were without power. That number had dropped to just 978 around 8 am, AES Ohio reported, before jumping again as high winds continued. At 11:30 am, over 6,000 outages were reported, 2,000 of which were in Beavercreek alone.

Mary Ann Kabel with AES Ohio said that crews were working throughout the day to restore power as high winds continued to take out power lines. She advised that customers stay safe and continue to report outages as they occur.

On Sunday morning, December 12, AES Ohio reported that, while 936 customers were still without power, most customers have had power restored to their homes.