A stretch of High Street was closed until just after 3:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in Worthington after a tree limb fell onto power lines, causing outages throughout the city that remained until late in the evening, according to the American Electric Power website.

The AEP website estimated service would return by 10:30 p.m. for 1,000 customers. No outages were listed as of 10:20 p.m.

The now reopened portion of High Street where the limb fell was between Selby Boulevard and Southington Avenue.

According to Worthington spokeswoman Anne Brown, fire crews “determined it looked like a hazard" and called AEP crews to handle the power lines.

The resulting power outages affected Thomas Worthington High School, Evening Street Elementary School and Kilbourne Middle School.

According to Brown, AEP is handling the situation. Power initially was expected to be restored by 5 p.m. 

Worthington Schools spokeswoman Vicki Gnezda said power at the schools went out around 12:30 p.m., but it wasn’t as disruptive as it migth have been earlier in the day.

“It really didn’t impact our day at all,” she said. “Fortunately, we don’t need heat right now and lunch was already prepared and served.”

Gnezda said she doesn’t expect delays or difficulties busing students home.

Brown said the limb’s fall “didn’t appear ... weather-related.”

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