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Columbus power outage reaches some Ohio State buildings

August 20, 2014

young.1693@osu.edu

Some Ohio State students might have been affected by an area power outage Wednesday.

There were more than 6,300 AEP customers without power in Franklin County as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a power outage map on the AEP website, representing about 1.2 percent of its customers in the area.

Paul Prater of AEP said the company is predicting the power will be back by about 9:30 p.m. because the area is relatively difficult to access.

The outage was caused by a tree falling on some wires in the Clintonville area, according to a tweet from AEP’s account @AEPOhio.

It’s a city outage, not a campus outage, so “basic power needs are being met,” said Lora Howdyshell, assistant to Administration and Planning senior vice president Jay Kasey.

Howdyshell said as of Wednesday evening only two OSU buildings had been affected: the Lane Avenue Residence Hall, which has a generator so everything was still working as of Wednesday evening, and the Wetland Research Station by the Olentangy River. While Howdyshell was unsure whether the latter has a generator, she said there likely weren’t more than a few people using the building.


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