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Ohio Power Outages 2012 Complicated By Heat

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In this photo taken Friday, June 29, 2012 shows a trampoline smashed into the side of the garage in Lima, Ohio. Violent storms swept across the eastern U.S., killing at least 10 people and knocking out power to millions of people on a day that temperatures across the region are expected to reach triple-digits. The storms were blamed for the deaths of six people in Virginia; two in New Jersey; one in Ohio; and another in Maryland. (AP Photo/The Lima News, Gretchen White) | AP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Some central Ohio residents frustrated by on-and-off power outages over the past week found themselves in the dark again after the latest round of thunderstorms.

The bad weather throughout the past week has hampered utility crews' efforts to restore electricity for thousands of customers, some of whom have been without power for seven days amid nearly triple-digit temperatures.

American Electric Power Co. had about 89,000 customers without power Friday, mostly in central and southwest Ohio. The company says the recent storms have far surpassed the damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ike four years ago.

The ongoing heat wave has left residents longing for their air conditioning and has complicated the repair situation. The head of AEP-Ohio says three utility workers were hospitalized for heat exhaustion.

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