A mix of heavy snow, sleet, freezing rain and high winds could cause power outages.
Nearly 300 additional linemen, damage assessors, vegetation crews called in to supplement local crews, speed restoration.
CINCINNATI — Duke Energy is monitoring and preparing for a winter storm system that could cause power outages in southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky. A mix of heavy snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and high winds are expected to move through the area from early Wednesday morning through Friday morning.
“As a severe winter approaches, we encourage customers in our service territories to prepare for potential outages,” said Kevin Morgan, Duke Energy general manager for emergency preparedness. “Our team is making preparations to ensure we can restore power to affected customers as soon as possible.”
Snow alone usually has little or no impact on the electrical system. However, heavy accumulation of wet snow, freezing rain and high winds can bring down trees, branches and power lines. These types of winter storms can also create dangerous driving conditions, which could delay and hamper the ability of Duke Energy workers to assess storm damage and restore power.
Duke Energy brought in 300 additional out-of-state utility response workers — including linemen, damage assessors and vegetation crews — to supplement local crews and speed recovery food. Crews will be working around the clock to restore power to affected communities as quickly as possible.
Thick ice on trees, branches, power lines
Ice buildup on trees and branches that causes them to fall on power lines is usually the main culprit for power outages during a winter storm. Specifically, an ice accumulation of a quarter inch or more is often the threshold that causes trees and branches to fall.
The heavy weight of heavy ice accretion directly on the power lines themselves can sometimes cause the lines to fall or sag. Heavy, wet snow 6 inches or more can also knock down trees and branches on power lines.
After the storm, conditions permitting, crews will assess the damage – a process that can take 24 hours or more, depending on the severity of the damage and road conditions.
The damage assessment determines the types of crews, equipment, and supplies needed to restore power to each power outage location.
Simultaneously, while damage assessment is underway in some of the hardest hit areas, repair work will begin in other areas where possible.
Report power outages
Customers can report power outages by texting “OUT” to 57801 or calling 800.543.5599. They can also report an outage online at duke-energy.com/outages or through the Duke Energy mobile app. Duke Energy will provide customers with estimated power restoration times as soon as these times are determined.
The company will also provide regular updates to customers and communities through email, text, outbound phone calls, social media and its website, which includes a map of power outages.s.
Winter Storm Safety Reminders
Customers can take steps to safely prepare for winter weather conditions and outages that may affect them by doing the following:
- Ensure you have an adequate supply of flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, medications, etc., as well as the availability of a portable radio, television or weather radio at Battery.
- Customers should make alternative accommodation arrangements as needed if they will be significantly impacted by a power outage – especially families with special medical needs or elderly members.
- If a power line falls across a car you are in, stay in the car. If you MUST get out of the car due to a fire or other life-threatening situation, do your best to get out of the car and land on both feet. Make sure no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
- Ice and snow can cause dangerous driving conditions leading to traffic accidents and falling poles and power lines which in turn can cause isolated power outages. If you are driving and encounter emergency responders or other roadside work crews, remember to MOVE.
- If you are using a generator due to a power outage, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safe and proper operation. Run your generator outdoors; never use it inside a building or garage.
- Do not use grills or other outdoor appliances or equipment indoors for heating or cooking, as these appliances can emit carbon monoxide.
- Stay away from downed or sagging power lines. Consider all live lines as well as trees or branches in contact with the lines. Please report downed power lines to Duke Energy or local emergency services.
- Prepare for an emergency by purchasing a Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kit.
You can find more tips on what to do before, during and after a storm at duke-energy.com/safety-and-preparedness/storm-safety. A checklist serves as a useful guide, but it is essential before, during and after a storm to follow the instructions and warnings of emergency management officials in your area.
Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky
Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electric service to approximately 860,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 3,000 square mile service area, and natural gas service to approximately 538,000 customers in a 2,650 square mile service area. .
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