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Hurricane area hit hard by power outages

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- A widespread power outage affected thousands in Putnam County on Wednesday.

According to Appalachian Power, more than 3,600 Putnam customers were without power in the Teays Valley and Hurricane areas Wednesday morning -- meaning more than one out of 10 customers was hit by the outage.

Those numbers were down to fewer than 2,700 customers as of late Wednesday afternoon.

"From West Teays through Wal-Mart to the central part of the city is down," city manager Ben Newhouse said Wednesday morning.

The power outage started around 4 a.m. Wednesday. Mayor Scott Edwards said the cause of the outage was attributed to the failure of part of a substation located near the Bloomingdale subdivision behind Hurricane High School.

APCO was able to find the necessary part locally, he said, which made restoring power to the area much easier. Most of the homes impacted were expected to regain power by 9 p.m.

Warming stations were available at the armory in Eleanor and the YMCA in Teays Valley for residents without electricity or heat.

For more information and updates on outages, visit www.appalachianpower.com/outages.


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