Appalachian Power is encouraging its customers to prepare for colder temperatures and extreme wind chills expected this week across much of Virginia. The company says it is monitoring its distribution system to assure reliability in advance of the expected increased demand for electricity. APCO does not anticipate widespread outages, but crews are prepared if outages should happen. Customers who do lose service can help speed restoration by turning off all electric appliances until 10 t0 30 minutes after power has been restored. Outages can be reported to Appalachian Power by calling the customer service center at 1-800-967-4237. You can also report an outage online by clicking here.