It was a rough start to the year for about 6,000 households in Belmont and Jefferson counties.
Power went off at about 7 a.m. Monday.
Officials with AEP said it was due to frozen transmission lines.
Warming centers were set up at two sites in Jefferson County and six in Belmont County.
One of those was the Colerain Fire Company, where they had some concerns about particularly vulnerable segments of the population.
“We’re a little bit worried about the elderly residents in the community today. We do have some extra tables and chairs here set up at the station. If somebody needs to stop by to warm up, we’ll have some people here during the day. They can stop in, get warm,” said Assistant Chief Ty Wilson.
Their fire station was actually one of the places without power, but their back-up generator kicked on, providing heat and light.
The Belmont County EMA has a list of churches, social halls, and fire departments they call upon in times of crisis to open their doors as emergency warming shelters.
Others are in Martins Ferry, Barton, St. Clairsville, and Sunset Heights.
Power was restored by early afternoon.
According to AEP Ohio’s outage map 6,114 customers have been without power since 7 a.m.
According to AEP Ohio, frozen transmission equipment caused the outage.
They are estimating 1 p.m. for the restoration of power.
According to the Jefferson County EMA this affects Smithfield, Adena, New Alexandria, Dillonvale, Mt. Pleasant.
Warming centers are open at the Tiltonsville Volunteer Fire Department at 123 Grandview Avenue and at the Wells Township Community Building at 107 Steuben Street in Brilliant.
There are also two warming stations in Dillonvale and Adena 270 East Main Street in Adena, 153 Main Street in Dillonvale.
County residents are asked to check on neighbors and friends, especially elderly or handicapped persons who might need special assistance until power is restored.
The outage between Smithfield and Dillonvale is affecting 1,332 customers and is not expected to be restored until 1 p.m.
The outage just south of Smithfield is affecting 1,911 customers, and is expected to be restored by 11 a.m.
The outage near Colerain is affecting 1,219 customers and is expected to be restored by 11:30 a.m.
The outage near Harrisville is affecting 654 customers and is expected to be restored at 11 a.m.
The outage near New Athens is affecting 453 customers and is expected to be restored at 11 a.m.
The outage between Cadiz and New Athens is affecting 545 customers and is expected to be restored at 11 a.m.
No word on what caused these massive outages, we will keep you updated.