Getting Ready For The Next Major Storm

The summer storm season is here.

And power companies are doing what they can to make sure the electrical system is ready.

First Energy is inspecting transmission lines, making sure they can handle increased electricity demand.

And American Electric Power's Appalachian Power division has a long-term project: clearing tree branches in the right of way of power lines.

That's so it can locate those lines quickly to restore power, in case of an outage.

"We're going to cyclical trimming," says Regional Forestry Supervisor Philip Ross. "This should improve reliability. It's not going to stop the storm damage from happening, but with the rights of way cleared, we should be able to restore service much more quickly after a storm does move through."

AEP has 24,000 miles of right of way that has to be cleared, and area property owners have to be notified the work is going on.

Workers also have to be trained, so they can do the job safely.

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