Appalachian Electric Power is reporting that 81,996 out of its 463,988 West Virginia are without power (as of 11:40 a.m.) – roughly 17% of all AEP customers in the state.
— Kelsey Hoak (@wsaz_kelsey) March 1, 2017
The outages are the result of heavy storms that rolled through the service area last night and into today – in West Virginia, the saturated ground has become flooded in many places and countless trees and lines are down across the state.
WVDOT is reporting that a powerline is in the roadway on the northbound side of I-77 at mile marker 67.5 and that many traffic signals throughout the state are presently out of order, warning, “crews say it may take some time for power to be restored in all areas.”
Multiple local school systems in West Virginia are dismissing early due to the flood.
AEP is reminding local residents to never touch a downed powerline as the results could be deadly.
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