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Work continues to restore power to West Virginians

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- About 200,000 residences and businesses across the state were still without power this morning, a week after a storm ripped across 10 states and cost massive damage.

A third storm in West Virginia since last week caused an additional 40,000 Appalachian Power customers to lose power Thursday.

There were are 137,480 Appalachian Power customers without power in West Virginia this morning. At the storm aftermath peak, more than 330,000 Appalachian Power customers were without power. More than 4,200 Appalachian Powers workers, who have come from 22 states to help with outages in West Virginia and Virginia, have restored power to 192,520 homes and businesses.

First Energy Co, which operates as Mon Power, has 69,322 customers without power, with the highest loss in Greenbrier County, which still has 7,357 people without power.

More than 90 distribution substations were taken out by the storm and all but six are back in service, according to Appalachian Power. All but 38 of the 370 circuit breakers are back in service after being knocked out by the storm.

More than 100 transmission lines were knocked out after last week's original storm and Appalachian said 80 percent of those have been partially or completely restored.

Restoration estimates for Appalachian Power have not changed and residents in Greenbrier, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Putnam and Summers counties can expect power by this evening, the company said.

Boone, Cabell, Jackson, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo and Wayne counties should have power back by Saturday night, the company said. By Sunday, Clay, Kanawha, Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, Roane and Wyoming counties should have power, the company said.

First Energy said customers in the following towns should have power back today: Burnsville, Cowen, Craigsville, Ivydale, Mannington, Monongah, Richwood and White Sulphur Springs.

By Sunday everyone else in First Energy's service district should have power restored, the company said.


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