Preparing for power outages in the Ohio Valley

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - This weather is a threat that we haven't seen or experienced before.

What does it mean for your power, and potential outages.

With potential power outages looming American Electric Power External Affairs Manager, Joelle Connors, said you should have batteries, water, and canned goods in your home just in case this storm does turn into something very bad.

AEP also suggests for people to unplug major appliances to protect them, leave a light turned on so you know when power is restored, and most importantly call them if your power does go out so they're aware. 

AEP External Affairs Manager, Joelle Connors said, "We encourage everyone to sign up for mobile and text alerts, so we will notify you either via email or text, which ever you prefer, to let you know when your power goes out, why it's out, how long it's going to be out, and when you can expect it to be restored."

For more information on the outages going on in the area people in West Virginia can go to, while those in Ohio looking for info can go to for similar information.

Connors said if you see a downed power line call 911 or AEP, and do NOT go near it.

For more tips on how to handle what's going on you can go to the AEP website.




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