June - July, 2012
The super derecho on June 29 was an unprecedented storm in Ohio’s history. Winds speeds were clocked at 85 miles per hour in some places — 10 miles per hour faster than the damaging winds of Hurricane Ike. About 660,000 people in Ohio lost power after the June storm, including more than 19,500 in Muskingum County. AEP Ohio brought in crews from several states to assist with restoring power, including Alabama Power. Alabama Power sent more than 400 people from all parts of their state to assist in the restoration project. The Muskingum County Fairgrounds served as one of the staging area for the Alabama Power crews. More than 170 Alabama Power employees staged out of the fairgrounds while they worked in Muskingum County, Guernsey County, Morgan County and Licking County.