Appalachian Power is responding to significant power outages across its service territory resulting from strong thunderstorms and rotating winds of up to 65 miles an hour that moved through the area Tuesday evening, June 10. The storm caused significant damage to the system, including broken poles and downed wires. Meteorologists are forecasting additional scattered thunderstorms could move across Appalachian Power’s service area Wednesday, which could affect restoration efforts in some locations.
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Status Of Restoration Efforts
As many as 67,000 customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee lost service Tuesday night. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, about 50,000 remained without electricity, the majority in West Virginia. A snapshot view of current outages is available anytime at www.appalachianpower.com. From a desktop or mobile device, go to the Outages and Problems section of the website and click “View Outage Map,” or go to www.AppalachianPower.com/MyOutage. Then, enter your user ID and password. Information also is posted on Facebook at Facebook.com/AppalachianPower and on Twitter at Twitter.com/AppalachianPowe.
On Tuesday, Appalachian Power notified its workers and contractors to be packed and ready to respond Wednesday morning. We have already begun to move resources into the hardest hit areas. Appalachian Power crews are addressing outages as quickly as possible. About 400 additional line mechanics and 100 assessors will be brought in to assist company restoration efforts in what will be a multi-day effort. Better estimates of restoration times will be provided throughout the day as we gather assessment information.
Severe weather can cause power lines to snap or poles to come down. Fallen power lines are dangerous because they carry an electric current that can cause serious or fatal injury. Never touch a fallen wire, no matter how harmless it looks. And keep others away from the potential hazard as well. If you encounter fallen wires, stay away from them and immediately contact Appalachian Power.
Customers are reminded that during storm restoration situations, Appalachian Power tree crews clear rights of way of trees and move on to the next location. Appalachian Power does not return to remove the cut trees. Property owners are responsible for brush removal.
Next Update 6/11/2014, 7:00 PM ET
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