Local road and power workers are busy at work following strong thunderstorms and rotating winds of up to 65 miles an hour that moved through the area Tues., June 10. The storm caused significant damage to the system, including broken poles and downed wires.
The Banner has confirmed through the West Virginia State Road that 33 trees fell in the road on Blair Mountain during the storm. Those were cleared by around noon on Wednesday.
However, other parts of the county are facing even greater difficulties.
“On Rt. 16 around Stowe they have electric and phone lines down in the road,” said John Pendleton, District 2 Supervisor.
Pendleton said the person he spoke to at APCO estimates it will take 2-3 days to fix.
“He said they’re going to have to replace five poles and over 1,000 foot of wire,” said Pendleton.
Customers are reminded that during storm restoration situations, APCO tree crews clear rights of way of trees and move on to the next location; they do not return to remove the cut trees.
A total of 42,425 Appalachian Power customers in W.Va. lost power thanks to the storm: 4,765 in Logan Co. That is 25 percent of APCO’s customers in Logan.
APCO says they were prepared for the storm.
“On Tuesday, workers and contractors were notified to be packed and ready to respond Wednesday morning,” says APCO. “We have already begun to move resources into the hardest hit areas. Appalachian Power crews are addressing outages as quickly as possible.”
APCO says they will bring in about 400 additional line mechanics and 100 assessors to assist company restoration efforts in what they say will be a multi-day effort.
APCO urges its customers and the citizens of Logan Co. to take caution at downed power lines or poles due to the acclimate weather.
“Fallen power lines are dangerous because they carry an electric current that can cause serious or fatal injury,” says APCO. “Never touch a fallen wire, no matter how harmless it looks. And keep others away from the potential hazard as well. If you encounter fallen wires, stay away from them and immediately contact Appalachian Power.”
Current outage information is available on APCO’s wesite.