CINCINNATI - Duke Energy says it was ready Thursday evening for the Tri-State's latest bout with winter weather.
The energy company said it had a considerable number of crews already in the office when the winter weather started around 8 p.m. and has other workers on-call in case of major power outages.
While Duke Energy says it’s prepared to battle the elements, the type of conditions Greater Cincinnati will experience Thursday evening and Friday morning could still cause power outages.
Ice and wind are two of the major challenges repair crews face because of what they can do to power lines. Strong winds mixed with heavy ice and can take down lines.
"Snow is not an issue for the most part unless it's accompanied by significant winds. The snow doesn’t gather and form and just sit on the lines.” said Duke Energy representative Sally Thelen. “Ice has a tendency to gather and you've seen a picture of a tree branch, our lines are very similar to that. And it will just freeze and harden up and bring them down."
Duke Energy says customers should have an emergency kit handy in case they do lose power for an extended period of time.
The American Red Cross put together a how-to guide for creating the ideal emergency kit. One key is to be prepared for a prolonged or widespread power outage.
Below is a list of must-haves for your emergency preparedness kit :
For more information on power outages visit the "Outages" section on the Duke Energy website .
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