Heat a factor in the deaths of 3 Ohioans, thousands still await power restoration

Jul 6, 2012

The sizzling temperatures in Ohio combined with power outages have apparently helped hasten the deaths of 3 Licking County residents. The coroner’s office says in 3 separate cases, the lack of air conditioning contributed to the deaths. About 79-thousand Ohio customers of American Electric Power remain without power today.

Most of them lost electricity a week ago during a windstorm that tore through the Midwest and the middle atlantic states. A.E.P. says --- right after the storm, 660-thousand homes and business were unplugged…..but 87% of them have now had their power restored. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports on those who are still WAITING.