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Less than 31,000 still without power

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Less than 31,000 West Virginia customers still have no electricity nearly a week after superstorm Sandy swept through the region.

American Electric Power Co.'s website showed 115 Appalachian Power customers without electricity Monday evening. Power was fully restored to hard-hit Nicholas County by 5:30 p.m. About 1,938 homes and businesses had been without power in the county Monday morning.

In Mon Power's service area, which includes much of the northern part of the state and some of the areas hit hardest by heavy snowfall, 30,794 customers still had no electricity. Of that number, almost 7,616 customers in Preston County and almost 3,603 in Barbour County were still without power.

In both service areas, 30,909 customers had no electricity at 7:45 p.m. At one point, about 300,000 West Virginia customers had no power.

AEP officials had hoped to restore electricity to Appalachian Power customers by midnight Sunday, while First Energy was telling Mon Power customers it might be mid-week before power is restored.


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