Great progress was made on Thursday and early Friday to restore power to Appalachian Power customers affected by Wednesday’s storms, which damaged electrical facilities and left a peak of 101,000 customers without electric service.
More than 70 percent of customers who lost power as a result of the storm have had power restored. Work is ongoing in areas of West Virginia most impacted by the storm, including repairs to 10 distribution circuits, 3 distribution stations and 20 transmission lines.
Outages and Restoration Estimates
West Virginia (91,989 outage peak; currently out: 27,176)
The highest concentration of outages from Wednesday’s storms is in Fayette County where approximately 6,089 customers are currently without service.
Other areas in West Virginia with large numbers of customer outages include: Kanawha County (2,727), Logan County (2,531), Mingo County (2,437), Boone County (2,055), Raleigh County (1,840), Wayne County (1,757) and McDowell County (1,550).
In some parts of West Virginia, including McDowell, Mercer and Wyoming counties, service should be restored by tonight.
The restoration effort will continue into the weekend in harder-hit areas, but should be restored to all customers, except in isolated cases of severe damage, as follows:
Saturday night, March 4 – Cabell, Jackson, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties
Sunday, March 5 – Hard-hit areas of Boone, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh and Roane counties.
Kentucky Power is working Friday to restore electric service to about 14 percent of remaining customers who lost service Wednesday when storms with wind gusts of up to 68 miles per hour blew across the service territory. The storm left behind nearly 60 broken poles, uprooted trees, knocked down numerous power lines, and damaged transmission structures. At its peak, nearly 31,000 customers were affected.
Storm Response Efforts
Kentucky Power has nearly 800 employees, contractors and mutual assistance workers from western Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee assisting with repairs. As service is restored, workers will be moved from Ashland and Hazard service areas to assist in the Pikeville region, where most of the remaining outages are located.
Since the storm hit, workers have restored service to about 26,500 of 31,000 affected customers. Currently, about 4,400 customers remain without electric service. Service should be restored to most remaining customers in the Ashland and Hazard service districts by 10 p.m. Friday. Those served by Pikeville Service District, including South Williamson, should have service by midnight Saturday. Some isolated outages in remote areas could extend beyond the projected restoration times. As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, customer outages remained in these counties:
Pike, 2,082, Floyd 900, Greenup 55, Knott 117, Lawrence 241, Letcher, 244, Martin, 437,
The forecast for today calls for colder temperatures, a chance of precipitation, which may hinder restoration efforts.
WV Storm Response Efforts
More than 1,200 workers are helping to restore power, including employees, permanent line and vegetation contractors and more than 400 line workers from other utilities.
For More Information
This update provides a broad overview of the company’s restoration efforts. Customers can get specific information about the outages affecting their homes or businesses via text message and/or email by subscribing to Appalachian Power outage alerts. To sign up, please visit [www.appalachianpower.com/alerts]www.appalachianpower.com/alerts.
This update provides a broad overview of the company’s restoration efforts. Customers can get specific information about the outages affecting their accounts via text message and/or email by subscribing to Kentucky Power outage alerts. To sign up, please visit www.kentuckypower.com/alerts. Information also is posted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KentuckyPower.