I grew up in Florida, and I've been amazed at how poorly AEP has responded to the outages in Columbus. They clearly weren't prepared to respond to a wide spread wind event,
A major cause of the poor response locally is because many of the local crews were sent to Texas and other points south to aid in the cleanup. So AEP, DP&L, and the rest are short on crews.
And then of course you have to add in the beautifully timed cold-front that made a usual non-event (a hurricane remnant blowing through) into actual chaos. Couple that with Ohio's antiquated (50-60's era) electrical infrastructure, and it all adds up to trouble.
We were lucky where I'm at, the ice storm that savaged us a few years back pretty much eliminated all the weak trees, structures, etc, so there wasn't much left for the wind to tear down.