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Thousands lose power as storms tear across Ohio


CINCINNATI — Thousands of Ohioans are still without power after severe storms ripped through southern Ohio on Monday evening.

More than 200 Duke Energy customers in and around Cincinnati were without power after storms with winds of more than 70 miles per hour hit the area.

A little more than a dozen South Central Power Co. and nearly 32,000 AEP Ohio customers in south central Ohio are still without power. AEP said many customers should have power back by Thursday afternoon. 

In total, more than 62,000 Ohioans are without power as of Thursday morning, according to poweroutage.us. That’s a stark drop from the more than 300,000 residents who initially lost power. 

For the most up-to-date outage information, check the providers below:

Click for Duke Energy

Click for South Central Power

Click for AEP Ohio

With the heat expected to jump to the 90s again on Thursday, cooling centers are either open or extending hours temporarily. If none of the locations below are near you, check your local recreation department to see which centers are open. 


The city said cooling centers at Barnett, Beatty, Douglas, Glenwood, and Marion Franklin community centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. 

Pools in the area are also extending their hours, including Dodge, Driving Park, Glenwood, Lincoln and Tuttle. They’ll have two extended swim blocks between 1-4 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m.


Cincinnati Recreation Centers will be open during normal hours to serve as “Cool Centers” for heat relief. To find a recreation center near you, click here. Recreation centers are open during the week and some have Saturday hours. All are closed on Sunday.

CRC had to close the Bond Hill and Winton Hills rec centers due to power outages. To find a CRC rec center near you, click here. 

CRC also has eight pools and nine spraygrounds open in addition to several spraygrounds run by Cincinnati Parks. The spraygrounds are free but there is a cost to use the pools. For more information on the pools, click here. 

The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library encourages those who need to “beat the heat” to visit one of their branches spread across Hamilton County. Several of those branches were closed today as well due to power outages.

To find a library near you, click here.

St. Vincent DePaul is giving away free AC units to the elderly and medically in need. To apply, click here.

Crossroads West Side, Oakley, East Side and Florence buildings are open as cooling centers. The Mason location is closed due to a power outage, but will be open to the communitity once it is restored. 


Montgomery County Cooling Center locations are offered from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Northwest Recreation Center, the Greater Dayton Recreation Center and the Dayton Lohrey Recreation Center.

There’s also a cooling center in Washington Township at the RecPlex on 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Road that’s open during normal business hours. 


Mayor Dan Horrigan announced several community centers would have extended hours from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on June 16. 

The community centers with extended hours are: 

  • Lawton Street Community Center
  • Mason Park Community Center.
  • Patterson Park Community Center
  • Summit Lake Community Center

The city’s other community centers will be open to the public during normal building hours for those looking to escape the heat. For a full list of center locations and hours, click here.


All of the senior centers throughout Lucas County will be open this week as cooling centers. However, a few of them will have extended hours through Thursday: The Chester J. Zablocki Senior Center, the East Toledo Family Center, Eleanor M. Kahle Senior Center and the Margaret Hunt Senior Center. Those four will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Cleveland Department of Public Works is extending hours at several recreation centers to serve as cooling centers for residents. The sites will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on June 16.

Normally scheduled recreation programming will continue, but each location will have areas for people to escape the heat. 

  • Zelma George Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center
  • Collinwood Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center
  • Halloran Skating Rink
  • Kovacic Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center
  • Michael Zone Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center
  • Sterling Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center
  • Frederick Douglass Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center
  • Glenville Neighborhood Resource & Recreation Center

For more information call (216) 664-2325.

If a cooling center isn’t open near you, click here for a list of tips to help keep homes cool during extreme heat and humidity.

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