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(5PM UPDATE) Appalachian Power has nearly 2,600 workers dedicated to restoring electric service in the wake of two damaging ice storms, and is preparing for a new round of damaging weather expected in West Virginia tonight. The work force includes crews who traveled from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia to help local crews and contractors repair ice storm damage.

VIRGINIA STORM SUMMARY

Ice damage Saturday left a peak of 42,000 customers without service, and through the efforts of more than 1,100 workers power has been restored to nearly 75 percent of customers who lost power as a result of the storm.

 Weather: Weather through Tuesday is favorable for service restoration.

Outages: More than 1,100 workers, including hundreds from outside the company’s service area, are helping restore service to the 10,800 customers still without power as a result of the Feb. 13 ice storm. Counties most affected include Franklin, with 3,776 customers out of service; Floyd, 2,373; Henry, 1,807; Patrick, 830; and Pittsylvania, 671.

Restoration Estimates

We expect to have most customers restored in the following areas by the times shown:

  • Late tonight for Montgomery and Roanoke counties
  • Tuesday, 10 p.m., for Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Franklin and Patrick counties
  • Wednesday, 10 p.m., for Floyd and Henry counties

 (from APCO) Monday, February 15, 2021 – 11:15 a.m.

Appalachian Power continues responding to two significant ice-damage weather events, and is making preparations for another damaging weather event likely to lead to additional outages in West Virginia today. More than 2,300 workers are dedicated to storm restoration efforts, including crews who traveled from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia to assist.

VIRGINIA STORM SUMMARY

Ice damage Saturday left a peak of 42,000 customers without service. More than 900 workers are helping restore electric service to the 13,400 customers currently without electric service.

 Weather: Ice is clearing from trees, which will aid with service restoration.

Outages: Workers from outside the company’s service area, as well as workers who moved in from unaffected areas of Virginia, are assisting local crews restore service to the 13,400 customers still without power as a result of the Feb. 13 ice storm. Counties most affected include Franklin, with 5,242 customers out of service; Floyd, 2,830; Henry, 2,235; Campbell, 647; and Pittsylvania, 739.

Restoration Estimates

We expect to have most customers restored in the following areas by the times shown:

  • Late tonight for Montgomery and Roanoke counties
  • Tuesday, 10 p.m., for Amherst, Bedford, Campbell, Franklin and Patrick counties
  • Wednesday, 10 p.m., for Floyd and Henry counties