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AEP: Power Restored to 75 Percent of Customers; Some May Be Waiting Until Saturday

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As of Friday morning, power has been restored to about 75 percent of AEP customers who were without power since Wednesday night's severe storms.

Wind gusts of up to 80 miles per hour caused almost 152,000 customers to be without power. Crews are working hard to continue restoring power to those who are still without.

As of Friday morning, in Ohio County, more than 600 people are still without power. Jefferson County still has more than 900 without, and Harrison County has 600 people without power.

A few hundred people are without power in Marshall County. AEP said some of the hardest hit areas could be without power until late Saturday night.

"We understand that power outages are an inconvenience and our crews are committed to doing what it takes to restore power as safely and quickly as possible," said Pablo Vegas, President and COO of AEP Ohio. "We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we complete our restoration efforts."

Check AEP's outage map here.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine reminds people to research any contractors who offer to repair their homes. Dewine says traveling contractors may try to take advantage of homeowners. He says you need to be cautious when choosing a contractor, get written estimates from at least three people and research a home improvement contractor before signing any contract.