Duke Energy hopes to have most customers back online by midnight and the rest by Tuesday afternoon.
As of 3:20 p.m. on Monday, 4,202 Duke Energy customers were still without power in the Southwest Ohio counties of Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, Warren, Clinton, Highland, Brown and Montgomery counties. The bulk of them, about 2,000, were in Clermont County.
In Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, one customer was without power in each of the counties, according to the utility’s website
Duke says 913 crews, including contractors from ten different states, were working toward restoring power Monday.
Duke spokesman Blair Schroeder said the scattered nature of the outages are slowing efforts. Downed power lines often only affecting a couple homes in an area, not thousands.
Duke had up to 177,000 homes without power on Friday. They have received about 680,000 phone calls to their customer service line over the weekend.
Duke customer Gene Saenger of Anderson Township was one of those calls. He had to buy ice to refrigerate his medicine during the outage.
“The whole thing is basically a can of worms,” Saenger said. “In my opinion, Duke was not prepared in 2008 with Hurricane Ike. They said it would not happen again but they’re still not prepared.”