AEP restores power in Fostoria

FOSTORIA, Oh (WTVG) - UPDATE:

AEP Ohio has restored power to close to 2,500 homes in and around Fostoria after a transformer left them in the dark early Saturday morning.

For more than 12 hours many families were without electricity, including heat. The Red Cross set up a shelter to help those who needed it. The organization tells 13abc 3 adults and 3 kids stayed for a time.

The shelter has now been closed.

The power company restored power about 3 hours ahead of schedule.

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Thousands of people in Fostoria are in the dark and potentially without heat after an overnight power outage.

American Electric Power (AEP) reports that as of 10:30 AM Saturday, over 2,400 people are without power. The power outage started at around 2:00 AM Saturday. The majority of the outages are surrounding North County Line Street, north of Foundation Park.

The outages even caused Fostoria's 911 emergency line to go down for a time.

AEP tells 13abc they had an issue with their transformer in Tiffin and that they need to bring in an alternate power source from Lima to replace it.

The estimated restoration time is 6:00 PM.

Due to the cold temperatures, the Seneca County EMA is opening up a warming shelter for those affected by the power outage. That shelter is located at Fostoria Intermediate School, next to Fostoria High School, at 1202 HL Ford Drive.

Click on the attached link for AEP's outage map to follow status updates on the power outage.