Columbus was rocked by a powerful summer thunderstorm at 5pm yesterday afternoon. Winds gusted with hurricane-like force, reaching up to 80 miles per hours. Branches were ripped from trees, roofs were wrecked and road-side signs were mangled.
The damage caused quite a few power lines to come down, rendering many across the city to still be powerless this morning. AEP is reporting that over 600,000 customers across Ohio are without power, and are working to restore service. They estimated that in some cases customers could expect to be powerless over the next five to seven days.
To make matters worse, the temperatures are set to rise again, reaching the mid-nineties this afternoon, with a heat index around 100. You can find ways to keep cool HERE.
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