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SWEPCO restoring power as major storm moves through region

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SWEPCO crews are working to restore service to more than 9,000 customers who remain without power in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas after a major storm system moved through the area on Wednesday.

The storm system, including a tornado, caused significant damage in Northwest Arkansas early Wednesday. Some of the hardest hit areas include the cities of Johnson and Springdale. The National Weather Service in Tulsa confirmed a tornado in Springdale, giving it an initial rating of EF-2. As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, approximately 3,000 customers remain without power in Northwest Arkansas. At the peak, more than 9,000 Northwest Arkansas customers were without power.

The system also caused significant outages in Northwest and Central Louisiana, especially Hornbeck and Natchitoches. Approximately 6,600 Louisiana customers remain without power as of 7 p.m. Wednesday. At the peak, more than 10,000 customers were without power in Louisiana.

SWEPCO crews are continuing to assess damage and restore power as safely and quickly as possible.

Estimated times of restoration to 95% of customers in these areas are as following:

Arkansas

South Springdale, area around the Springdale Country Club: 8 p.m. Thursday

Van Asche, area around Johnson: 8 p.m. Thursday

Osburn, Highway 256 near Northwest Technical Institute: 8 p.m. Saturday

South Springdale, area between Springdale Airport and west to Turner Street: 8 p.m. Saturday

Louisiana

Natchitoches: 7 p.m. Thursday

Hornbeck: 1 p.m. Thursday

Mansfield: 9 p.m. today

SAFETY:

DOWNED POWER LINES: Never touch a downed utility wire, no matter how harmless it looks. It can be difficult to distinguish between a power line and a cable or telephone line.

PORTABLE GENERATORS: If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators “backfeed” electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.

OUTAGE INFO:

SWEPCO Mobile App – Report outages, check outage status, and more. Download at App Store or Google Play.

SWEPCO Alerts – Get an email or text message with the latest info for your home or business. See SWEPCO.com/Alerts.

SWEPCO.com – outage map, report outages, safety information.

SAFETY:

DOWNED POWER LINES: Never touch a downed utility wire, no matter how harmless it looks. It can be difficult to distinguish between a power line and a cable or telephone line.

PORTABLE GENERATORS: If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators “backfeed” electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.

OUTAGE INFO:

SWEPCO Mobile App – Report outages, check outage status, and more. Download at App Store or Google Play.

SWEPCO Alerts – Get an email or text message with the latest info for your home or business. See SWEPCO.com/Alerts.

SWEPCO.com – outage map, report outages, safety information.

About Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO)

SWEPCO, an American Electric Power (Nasdaq: AEP) company, serves more than 543,000 customers in Northwest and Central Louisiana, Northeast Texas and the Texas Panhandle, and Western Arkansas. SWEPCO’s headquarters are in Shreveport, La. News releases and other information about SWEPCO can be found at SWEPCO.com. Connect with us at Facebook.com/SWEPCO, Twitter.com/SWEPCOnews, Instagram.com/swepco, Youtube.com/SWEPCOtv and LinkedIn.com/company/swepco.

About American Electric Power (AEP)

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is powering a cleaner, brighter energy future for its customers and communities. AEP’s approximately 16,700 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 224,000 miles of distribution lines to safely deliver reliable and affordable power to 5.5 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 31,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including more than 5,900 megawatts of renewable energy. The company’s plans include growing its renewable generation portfolio to approximately 50% of total capacity by 2030. AEP is on track to achieve an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 2000 levels by 2030 and has committed to achieve net zero by 2050. AEP is recognized consistently for its focus on sustainability, community engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana, east Texas and the Texas Panhandle). AEP also owns AEP Energy, which provides innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide. For more information, visit aep.com.

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