More than 100,000 without electricity Tuesday afternoon from intentional outages

In the relative darkness of the Karl Road branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Sarah Hans (left) and Halle Kramer work on their lesson plans for next fall. They are Columbus City School teachers. Electric power outages are reported all over Columbus.

More than 210,000 American Electric Power customers were without power Tuesday afternoon in scattered outages, including more than 1127000 in the Columbus area, according to the AEP outage map.

Among the areas affected are Downtown, including the Rhodes State Office Tower, parts of the University District, Clintonville and Merion Village were all affected as of 3:40 p.m. 

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Damage to system caused shutoffs

When asked if the outage was the result of a brownout, AEP spokesperson Scott Blake said it was “not necessarily” a brownout, which he said was a technical term that did not apply to the situation..

Due to the heavy storm and winds over the past several days and extreme heat, some lines became stressed and needed to be turned offline to prevent further extensive power line damage, Blake said. When lines are damaged they become sectionalized and other lines become stressed when the power load does not transfer as easily. 

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