MOUNT VERNON — Hurricane Sandy has made its way into the eastern seaboard of the United States on Monday, but Knox County has yet to feel much of the punch the superstorm is packing.
“Knox County survived very well last night, considering everything,” said Knox County Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Maxwell. “I have received no reports of storm damage.”
The EMA is keeping a close look on the hurricane as it makes its way further inland as well as a storm from the midwest which brought the first snowfall to the area in the early hours this morning. “We’re going to monitor the situation, and if we do experience some power outages, we will look at shelters or any other actions we might need to take. Right now, it’s just a rainy, windy day.”
American Electric Power reported around 60 customers lost service in the Mount Vernon area overnight, and that number climbed to 250 early this morning, according to news media representative Carmen Pratti-Miller. Many of these outages are in the Millwood/Danville area, with other outages being reported on Pittsburgh Avenue and Green Valley Road plus Lexington, which is considered to be part of the Mount Vernon area.
Pratti-Miller said that crews are currently dispatched and attempting to restore power. Only 8,000 AEP customers are currently out of power across Ohio.
The Energy Cooperative reported scattered outages in Knox and Licking counties.
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