- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Thousands of utility customers are slowly getting their power back after having gone without it most of the day in eastern Cincinnati.

Roughly 8,600 locations remained without power Monday after outages started after 7 a.m. EDT. Duke Energy spokeswoman Sally Thelen (THAY’-lin) says the outage began with an Oakley neighborhood substation transformer bank that had fluctuating current problems. She says the number of outages should continue to dwindle into the evening.

Efforts were being made to reroute power loads while the substation equipment was being repaired.

The outages backed up morning commuters in neighborhoods where traffic lights didn’t work. Authorities advised drivers to treat intersections with nonworking traffic lights as four-way stops.

Afternoon temperatures rose into the high 80s Monday afternoon in the Cincinnati area.

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