+1,700 Power Outages in Wythe & Pulaski Counties

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Appalachian Electric Power is reporting that more than 1,700 customers in Wythe and Pulaski Counties in Southwest Virginia are currently without power.

The outage in Pulaski County stretches from the southeastern corner of the Town of Pulaski to the county’s southern boundary and is the result of downed trees on a distribution power line.  In total, 1,382 customers are without electricity and AEP estimates that the power will not be restored in these are until 4 a.m. Monday morning.

In Wythe County, approximately 356 customers are without electricity thanks to what AEP officials are referring to as an “equipment failure”.  This outage stretches from Max Meadows to the county’s southern boundary along the Interstate 77 corridor.  AEP estimates electricity will be restored around 1:30 a.m. Monday morning.

Elsewhere in Wythe County, 16 customers are without electricity on Hidden Valley Rd. due to a fallen tree and AEP estimates power to be restored there by noon Monday.  While in Cripple Creek 12 customers are without power — AEP estimates service to be restored by 4 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for nearly all of Southwest Virginia, including Wythe and Pulaski, which is slated to remain in effect until 11 a.m. Monday.

Wind gusts are expected to reach up to 45 to 55 mph.

“Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use extra caution until the winds subside,” stated the National Weather Service.

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