30,000 W.Va. customers remain without electricity
The number of West Virginia electricity customers without power had dropped to about 30,000 as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, down from the nearly 39,000 in the dark five hours earlier.
The outages followed two days of severe storms hitting the state. The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Central West Virginia that remained in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday.
A band of thunderstorms stretching from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico began passing through West Virginia at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, bringing high winds and heavy rains and knocking out power lines in its path.
Although repair crews were making progress restoring power to customers knocked out by the overnight storm, thousands of customers remained in the dark Wednesday afternoon, before more storms were expected to roll in.
Appalachian Electric Power’s website listed about 22,000 West Virginia customers without power as of 10 p.m. About 3,800 were from Kanawha County.
Also hard hit were Cabell County, with 6,100 customers in the dark, Wayne County, with 3,100 customers out, and Logan County, with about 2,800 out.
Since 5 p.m., the number of outages in Cabell had decreased by about 2,000 customers, while the outages in Kanawha had decreased by 3,200.
On the other hand, FirstEnergy, which supplies electricity to much of the northern part of the state, seemed to be facing increasing issues as the night wore on.
It reported about 5,600 customers without power as of 5 p.m. but more than 8,000 as of 10 p.m.
The largest outages were in Monongalia County, with 2,200 outages, Jefferson County, with 1,400 outages, and Ritchie County, with 800 outages.