High winds exceeding 60 miles per hour on Sunday caused damage around Fayette County and left some residents without power into Monday morning.
Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) said via its online outage map that most were expected to be restored by Monday evening — depending on each individual situation.
According to the director of communications for DP&L, Mary Ann Cabel, around 22 residents of Fayette County were still without power as of Monday afternoon.
“The best thing I can tell you — I don’t know exactly what the outages entail — is to check the outage map if possible to see who is still impacted and it will also tell you the estimated time of restoration,” Cabel said. “Based on what we are experiencing in Fayette County they were not complicated issues. The wind was quite damaging and the total impact in our service area was around 40,000 customers. As of (2 p.m. on Monday) we have restored 37,000 people.”
Cabel said that the field crews do take their rest and understand that safety is important, but they are given one task — restore power.
“Their job is to get the lights back on,” Cabel said. “But to our customers, remember safety first. If you see downed power lines, report them and keep away until crews can make the area safe. We thank all of our customers for their patience as we work as safely and quickly as possible to restore those impacted by the wind storm.”
For more information about restoration and power outages, visit the DP&L Outage Map at https://myprofile.dpandl.com/Outages/Outages.html
In downtown Washington Court House, the front window at Sweetwater Bay Boutique shattered due to the high winds. According to the owners, no one was hurt, and the area will be boarded up until the window can be replaced.
Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Stanforth said quite a bit of the storm damage on Sunday happened around the Jeffersonville area.
“Anytime a storm like this comes from Xenia, it seems to impact Jeffersonville and the northern part of the county,” said Stanforth. “There were some roads closed temporarily and there were some downed power lines, tree branches and old trees. The damage was mostly handled by the fire departments or sheriff’s deputies arriving at the scene. Most of the roadways were reopened very quickly.”