CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A strong storm system moving through West Virginia Friday afternoon knocked out electricity to almost 30,000 customers.
By 1 p.m. Saturday, electricity had been restored to most customers, although Appalachian Power's website estimated that more than 1,300 customers in West Virginia remained without power.
Western counties were hard-hit, with nearly 4,300 customers in Putnam County losing power, more than 3,800 customers in Cabell County and 2,770 in Wayne County without electricity at 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to Appalachian Power's website.
But those outage numbers dropped considerably into the evening on Friday, as about 2,500 residents combined in Mason, Cabell, Putnam, Jackson and Wayne remained without power at 7 p.m.
More than 18,630 First Energy customers were without electricity. First Energy covers Northern West Virginia, including both the Eastern Panhandle and the Northern Panhandle.