UPDATE: Power restoration estimated at July 9 or later
McARTHUR — Vinton County, as well as much as of Ohio, is still feeling the effects on Friday evening’s storms.
According to AEP’s latest estimates, 4,658 customers in Vinton County are still without electricity. That number is down from the 5,202 the company reported to be without electricity at 10 a.m. In Ohio, about 450,000 remain without power.
The company’s latest estimate for electric restoration in Vinton County is by midnight July 9 or later.
Buckeye Rural was earlier reporting 100 percent of its Vinton County customers were without power. The company’s lastest report states that number has reduced to 96 percent of its customers. Restoration for the 1,289 customers who remain without power is now expected by July 2.
South Central Power Company is reporting 15 of its 334 customers are still without power. The company posted restoration estimates of two to four days. A more exact restoration time for each county is not possible, according to a company release.
A cooling shelter has been set up at the Vinton County Middle School and will remain open throughout the night. The shelter will offer showers, water, snacks and cots.
Phone service in the area remains limited. The Vinton County Sheriff’s Office phone lines and 911 was down and the sheriff’s office set up a temporary emergency number for residents. That number is 740-688-8041. As of 5:44 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office reported that their lines are back up, but the office will keep the additional number in case there are problems with the system again.
Residents can also call the Jackson County Sheriff at 740-286-6464 in the event of an emergency. They will contact Vinton County via radio.