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AEP OHIO RESTORES POWER TO MORE THAN 95 PERCENT OF CUSTOMERS

February 13, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AEP OHIO RESTORES POWER TO MORE THAN 95 PERCENT OF CUSTOMERS

GAHANNA, Ohio, February 13, 2009 – AEP Ohio crews have restored power to more than 95 percent of the customers who lost power due to the strong winds that affected all parts of the company’s service territory late Wednesday. At the height of the storm, nearly 167,500 customers were without power. As of today, that number has been reduced to approximately 9,000 customers.
 
Estimated final restoration times for the areas still without power are as follows:

Athens – Athens, Marietta, Gallipolis and Pomeroy – Midnight Saturday, Feb. 14
Lancaster – Midnight Sunday, Feb.15
Wellston – Midnight Sunday, Feb. 15

Canton - Canton NE, New Philadelphia, Wooster – Midnight Friday, Feb. 13
Coshocton - Noon Saturday, Feb. 14
Canton South – Midnight Saturday, Feb. 14

Chillicothe –  Seaman – Midnight Friday, Feb. 13
Chillicothe – Noon Sunday, Feb. 15
Chesapeake – Midnight Sunday, Feb. 15
Portsmouth and Ironton – Midnight Monday, Feb. 16

Columbus - Delaware, Columbus NE and SW – Midnight Saturday, Feb. 14
Columbus NW and SE – Midnight Sunday, Feb. 15

Newark - Cambridge – Midnight Saturday, Feb. 14
Newark, Mt. Vernon, Zanesville, Crooksville and McConnelsville - Midnight Sunday, Feb. 15

Ohio Valley -  East Liverpool – Midnight Friday, Feb. 13
Steubenville and Belmont – Noon Saturday, Feb. 14
Wheeling and Moundsville, WV – Midnight Sunday, Feb. 15

Western Ohio -  Willard and Bucyrus – Midnight Friday, Feb. 13
 
Customers can see additional information on our website at www.aepohio.com. Please note that the outage numbers on our website may include outages that are not related to the storm. All further updates for this event will be posted to the website.

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Columbus Southern Power Company and Ohio Power Company in Ohio, and Wheeling Power Company in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power.


CONTACT: AEP Ohio Corporate Communications
866-641-1151, Central and Southern Ohio
866-394-2860, Southeastern Ohio
866-530-9775, Western Ohio
866-212-6759, Ohio Valley
888-930-6446, Canton, Wooster, Coshocton and New Philadelphia

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