25,738 AEP Customers in W.Va. Still Without Electricity, Timeline for Power to be Returned

Photo: Jessica L. Dillon Debris from wind in Williamson, WV
Photo: Jessica L. Dillon
Debris from wind in Williamson, WV

Wednesday morning, severe winds and heavy rainfall plagued most of the Mountain State, causing several hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages in many West Virginia localities and disrupting the lives of a countless number of individuals.

In addition to ripping off roofs and knocking over billboards and trees, Appalachian Power reports that the storm damaged electrical facilities serving West Virginia and stated that at its peak, 101,000 customers were without electric service.

According to AEP, more than 70 percent of customers who lost power as a result of the storm have had power restored; however, work is ongoing in many areas of West Virginia most impacted by the storm, including repairs to 10 distribution circuits, 3 distribution stations and 20 transmission lines.

The highest concentration of outages from Wednesday’s storms is in Fayette County where approximately 6,089 customers are currently without service.

Other areas in West Virginia with large numbers of customer outages include: Kanawha County (2,727), Logan County (2,531), Mingo County (2,437), Boone County (2,055), Raleigh County (1,840), Wayne County (1,757) and McDowell County (1,550).

In some parts of West Virginia, including McDowell, Mercer and Wyoming counties, service should be restored by tonight.

The restoration effort will continue into the weekend in harder-hit areas, but should be restored to all customers, except in isolated cases of severe damage, as follows:

Saturday night, March 4 – Cabell, Jackson, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties

Sunday, March 5 – Hard-hit areas of Boone, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh and Roane counties.

More than 1,200 workers are helping to restore power, including employees, permanent line and vegetation contractors and more than 400 line workers from other utilities.

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