More than 1 million households and businesses in Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio are without power because of strong winds associated with the storm formerly known as Ike, according to local power companies.
Since yesterday, Duke Energy says, 907,064 customers have lost power in Ohio and Kentucky. Nearly 600,000 are still off the grid. Outages are impacting about 119,000 of the company's customers in Indiana, too.
Thousands more are without power in and around Columbus, according to American Electric Power. (They're in the process of updating their figures. We'll update this posting when they get back to use with current outage totals.) Dayton Power & Light reported 180,000 without electric service at 5 a.m. ET.
First Energy, which runs utilities across the region, says 1 million of its customers were without electricity at one point. Mark Durbin, a company spokesman, says they've gotten the number of people affected by outages down to 500,000, mostly in Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
"This is an unprecedented event for this time of year," AEP spokesman Jeff Rennie tells the Associated Press. "We've never seen anything like this in early fall."
Louisville Gas & Electric reported late last night that more than 280,000 households and businesses were in the dark in that region. A company spokesman tells the Herald-Leader that this is their worst outage in 30 years.
Storm formerly known as Ike? I can't wait for Hurricane Prince.
Anyway, I spent the evening with candles alighting the rooms while I ate up the ice-cream in the freezer. I felt like I was a moody teenager, again.
I also had to deal with the weather being SEVENTY-THREE DEGREES without air conditioning, coupled with the horror of no television or internets!! Then, when I went out driving to see if I could get a latte to help me through these troubled times, I discovered that the only thing open was WalMart. WALMART. So I ended up going in there to look for more candles and see if maybe I could find some more ice-cream. While in there, I came across some sharpies and almost bought them -- so I could write my social security number and dirty stick figure porn on my arm... JUST IN CASE.
I arrived back home, and started getting the shakes as I was going through Sunday Night Football withdrawal. Luckily, I had some more ice-cream that had yet to be consumed, so I was able to be productive. After that, we went to bed and I woke up to our power being turned back on. Thank God for air conditioning and civilization.
... I would probably fail in a "real-life" hurricane.