Thousands await power

More than 2,500 American Electric Power customers in Seneca County remained without power Thursday night.

According to AEP’s website, about 152,000 Ohio customers were without power, and the company had restored service to more than 112,000 of them within 24 hours after the storm.

About 40,000 customers remained without power as of 8 p.m. Thursday, with 2,762 of them being in Seneca County.

The company estimated 100 percent restoration in Kenton and Lima at noon today; Findlay at 10 p.m. today; Bucyrus, Tiffin and Willard at 10 p.m. Saturday; and Fostoria and Fremont at 10 p.m. Sunday.

James Geiger, a manager at Tiffin’s Rural King store, said the store had gotten an additional shipment of generators Thursday in response to the storms and power outages. The expedited shipment included 32 7,500-watt generators, eight 3,500-watt generators and eight 2,000-watt generators, and Geiger said he hoped all 40 would be sold today.

People were waiting for the shipment, and five of the 7,500-watt generators sold right away, he said.

Generators are a little heavy but are growing wings, Geiger said.

“(They’re) moving quickly. They’re blowing out,” he said.