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Friday, June 29, 2012

NORTH BALTIMORE, Ohio – 8:00 p.m. – Afternoon storms through the area have resulted in some power outages for members of Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative (HWEC). Currently about 3,900 members are without power. Outages started at around 4:00 p.m. today, and approximately 75% of the outages are in Hancock County, with the remaining 25% in Henry, Putnam and Hardin Counties.

Crews are working on site and will continue to work to restore power to members as quickly as possible. However, the main problem revolves around transmission lines which feed five (5) HWEC substations, each out of power. HWEC does not own transmission equipment – the poles, towers and lines used to move bulk electricity from a generating plant to a substation – but uses American Electric Power (AEP) to transmit its power across lines to substations.

It is hoped that all power will be restored in 48 hours. Bear in mind, it is difficult to make an accurate prediction due to transmission problems out of Hancock-Wood’s control. Anyone experiencing future outages should call HWEC at 888-417-3010.

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