Some Dayton Power & Light customers may still be without electric Friday as storms that blew through mid-week led to lengthy outages.
DP&L officials said it is the first time in a year they’ve had to ask for manpower from outside agencies to assist in getting the power back on for everyone. Extra crews came to the area from Tennessee and Indiana.
On Wednesday afternoon, power was lost to more than 48,000 DP&L customers in the Miami Valley. As of this afternoon, there were about 4,000 still without power.
Due to the extensive damage, some customers may not have power again until Friday morning, officials said. More than 1,000 people have worked since Wednesday night to get power restored.
For those who needed to cool off today, DP&L has cooling centers open through 9 p.m. at Fairmont High School in Kettering and Hara Arena in Trotwood.
Tom Tatham, director of operations at DP&L, said free ice would be available at the centers.
“We understand folks want their power on as quickly as possible and it is an inconvenience … we’re hoping this can help just a little,” Tatham said.
According to its website, the company may open cooling centers again Friday. Those in need of assistance should call or visit the DP&L website www.dpandl.com for details.
About 200 people were at the DP&L headquarters today handling phone calls and requests for assistance.
Also today, the National Weather Service was surveying damage in the northern areas of the Miami Valley to determine if any winds were tornadic.
Cooler temperatures are expected Friday and through the weekend. Skies will be mostly clear and cool into the morning.
Humidity will be lower, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek.
The high for Friday will be in the low-80s, and temperatures will reach the mid-80s Saturday and Sunday.