Storms Cause Widespread Power Outages
Over 36 thousand customers are without power this morning after another line of severe thunderstorms moved through the state yesterday. On its website, Mon Power says it expects to turn the lights back on for its 7,291 residents and businesses by ten o’clock tonight.
Appalachian Power is reporting 29, 416 customers are affected by power outages this morning. On it’s website, the company says around 350 line workers from outside the company’s service area are on-site and assisting local Appalachian Power crews with power restoration. An additional 100 workers are expected to join the effort by sometime today.
Damage from the Monday and Tuesday storms is widespread – there are still more than 800 locations at which crews will have to make some type of repair to restore electric service.
Service restoration is expected to be complete by tonight in areas served by the company’s Beckley, Bluefield, Charleston, Hico, Glasgow, Madison, Walgrove and Welch service centers.
In areas served by the Logan and Williamson service centers the restoration effort is expected to be complete by Thursday night.
In areas served by the Hamlin, Huntington, Milton, Point Pleasant, Ripley and Wayne service centers, restoration may extend into Friday evening.
Service in all other areas of West Virginia should be restored by later tonight.
The American Red Cross has opened one shelter in the state at
South Parkersburg Baptist Church
1655 Blizzard Dr
It has the capacity of 139 people, but so far no one has used it according to the organizations website.