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AEP Officials Face Questions Over Power Outages, Failure at Restoration Efforts

Company officials blamed a combination of factors for their problem

Officials with AEP Ohio apologized for the inconvenience of forcibly removing thousands of customers from the electrical grid, but the power company said it was necessary to prevent further damage and longer sustained power outages.

During a news conference Wednesday morning, AEP officials said a combination of factors contributed to the current outages - which covered a large swath of the city of Columbus.

Their explanation: storm damage from Monday night caused outages to high-voltage transmission lines. While repair work from those outages is ongoing, it created additional stress and overload on the local power grid, prompting AEP Ohio to forcibly remove customers from power.

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