CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- AEP and First Energy repair crews made progress overnight and through the day Thursday repairing damaged power lines and transmission stations, although about 115,000 customers in West Virginia remained without electricity following the passage of superstorm Sandy.
According to AEP's website, 39,756 Appalachian Power customers across Southern West Virginia remained without service as of 10 p.m., including 5,288 in Kanawha County. Power outages in Kanawha County peaked at more than 44,000.
First Energy's website was reporting that 71,693 Mon Power customers remained without electricity Thursday night. Mon Power provides electricity to much of the northern half of the state.
Although crews were making progress, some of the hardest-hit areas of the state still had many residents without power.
In areas served by Mon Power, 89 percent of Barbour County, 84 percent of Nicholas, 92 percent of Webster, 75 percent of Tucker County, 65 percent of Randolph, 52 percent of Braxton and 42 percent of Clay had no electricity Thursday night.
In Appalachian Power's service area, 82 percent of Clay, 48 percent of Boone and 43 percent of Nicholas County customers had no power.
AEP hopes to have power restored to nearly all customers by midnight Sunday. First Energy spokespeople predict power should be restored to all customers by the middle of next week.
A 71-year-old Webster County woman's death was confirmed the state's sixth fatality from superstorm Sandy. West Virginia has a higher death toll than any of the 18 other states lashed by the violent storm's outer bands.
Family members discovered the woman's body Wednesday on her gravel driveway while they were clearing it, said Amy Shuler Goodwin, a spokeswoman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The woman was last known to be alive Monday, and family members suspect she had gone outside to feed her dogs, Goodwin said.
Besides the deaths and loss of electricity, the heavy, wet show churned out by Sandy has clogged roadways across West Virginia.
The ferocious weather also stranded the family of a 68-year-old Preston County woman while they tried to drive her to the hospital. She died Tuesday, said Goodwin, who cited information from the state medical examiner's office.
The snow was falling in Tucker County when a car driven by Nanci Hedrick, 41, slid into the path of a cement truck Monday. An 88-year-old Raleigh County woman succumbed to hypothermia late Sunday. Carbon monoxide poisoning claimed a 51-year-old Upshur County man Tuesday while he ran a gas-powered generator in his garage.
A falling tree limb killed John Rose Sr., 60, a GOP legislative candidate, as he checked fences on his Barbour County deer farm on Tuesday. But the medical examiner is not attributing the storm to a second death reported in that county, of a man in his 60s who had been shoveling snow at his home.
All of the state's primary routes were open Thursday as Division of Highways crews turned their attention to smaller secondary routes, said DOH spokeswoman Carrie Bly.
"The biggest problem remains downed trees and power lines," Bly said.
Trees and power lines closed Hudson Valley Road, Brookhill Drive and Mount Alpha in Charleston. Crews are working to reopen those roads today, according to the DOH's road and bridge closure report.