The mid-Ohio valley and West Virginia were spared the power problems to the north and east of us, but we didn't miss by much.
Some areas north of Columbus were left in the dark by the massive blackout. A spokesman for Allegheny Power tells us the main reason is that we're not part of the same power grid that failed.
"We are part of a separate system, a regional transmission group," says Guy Fletcher. "So that isolated us from the problem. It would be impossible to say whether something like that could happen here. We really can't speculate about what happened up there."
And we shouldn't be "power-less" in the future.
“We've had adequate supplies to meet our customers' needs, even though usage keeps going up. (In the future) we believe there are adequate supplies of electric generation in the region,” says Guy Fletcher.
And First-Energy says the electricity is back on for its remaining Cleveland-area customers hurt by the nation's largest power outage, but it says it has to impose rolling blackouts of up to two hours, affecting up to 125,000 customers at a time. The rolling blackouts started after 11 a.m. Friday morning.