The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Athens County in effect from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM, Saturday, April 1, 2023.
WHAT…Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph expected.
WHERE…Portions of northeast Kentucky, southeast Ohio and western West Virginia.
WHEN…From 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM, Saturday, April 1, 2023.
IMPACTS…Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS…While winds will remain strong through the entire period of the warning, the highest winds are expected from late Saturday morning until early Saturday afternoon.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… People should avoid being outside in forested areas and around trees and branches. If possible, remain in the lower levels of your home during the windstorm and avoid windows. Use caution if you must drive.
The City of Nelsonville is experiencing a citywide electrical power outage. Wind gusts up to 60 mph and saturated ground have brought down numerous trees, poles and power lines across the state. Currently more than 125,000 AEP Ohio customers are without power. Restoration efforts have been hampered for much of the afternoon because of the severity of the winds which have prevented line workers from using buckets and other equipment that aid in speedier restoration.
Due to the extent of the storm damage, customers should prepare for a multi-day outage event. Estimated restoration times for all affected areas are expected to be available tomorrow early evening. Please know AEP Ohio crews will work through the night and for as long as it takes to restore all customers.
Remember, if you see a downed wire, stay away from it and anything it may be touching. Call 9-1-1 or AEP Ohio to report it.
POWER OUTAGE SAFETY CHECKLIST
Stay away from all downed lines or sparking equipment and keep children and pets away from fallen lines and anything the lines may touch.
Never remove debris within 10 feet of a power line.
Call emergency services only if you have an emergency. Do not call 9-1-1 or other emergency services to check on power restoration status.
Unplug major appliances to protect them when power comes back on.
Leave a light turned on so you know when power is restored.
Refuel heaters, lamps and generators outside, and stay away from any flames or sparks. Wipe up fuel spills immediately.
Let AEP Oho know if you’re using a generator – this protects you and our line workers as they work to restore power.
If you use a portable generator during power outages, make sure it is properly installed. It should be installed by a qualified electrician who will ensure that it meets national, state and local electrical codes.
Never operate lanterns, heaters or fuel-fired stoves without proper ventilation.
Never burn charcoal indoors — it releases poisonous carbon monoxide.
Conserve drinking water, water and wastewater treatment facilities are running on generator backup.
Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened. A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed.
The Nelsonville City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 6:00 PM, at City Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to hold final city manager interviews of applicants and possibly hire a permanent city manager.
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Athens County in effect until 8:00 PM, Saturday, March 25, 2023.
Remember, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for Severe Thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements and possible warnings. Severe Thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce Tornadoes.
Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, local TV, radio or your cable television provider for later statements and possible warnings.