CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nearly half of the fewer than 12,000 customers who remained without power Friday after superstorm Sandy were in Preston and Randolph counties.
About 11,900 Mon Power customers remained without service late Friday morning. FirstEnergy's website showed that nearly 3,100 of those were in Randolph County and 3,000 were in Preston County.
But the utility has brought in more crews and aims to have service fully restored by the end of the weekend.
Sandy dumped as much as 2 feet of snow in West Virginia's higher elevations, knocking down countless trees that tore down power lines as they fell. At the height of the outages, nearly a quarter-million people were without power.
"I know there are some folks still waiting for their power to come back on," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a statement Friday. "I'm staying in close contact with the power companies and want those customers to know I am continuing to devote all state resources to making sure all power is restored as soon as possible."
He urged all West Virginians to report structural damage caused by the storm to their local emergency management offices. Damage reports submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency will support the state's request for a federal disaster declaration, which would provide both public and individual assistance.
The Division of Natural Resources said employees at Blackwater Falls State Park, in Tucker County, have been working with no power, heat or hot water since the storm hit Oct. 29. Superintendent Rob Gilligan said Sandy dumped 30 to 50 inches of snow, depending on where it's measured.