Power Outages in Wayne County Caused by Problems at Substation

WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More than 7,000 people lost electricity in Wayne County Wednesday, forcing businesses to close and 11 schools to dismiss early.

AEP crews worked to replace failed insulators at the Lavalette substation, which was the source of the bulk of the outages in the county, AEP spokesman Phil Moye told WSAZ.com.

They outages occurred about 12:30 p.m., Moye said.

Jarrod Kilgore is the manager at the Wayne Save-a-Lot.

“We're losing business because our registers won't function,” he said.

It was unfortunate timing, as they had a delivery truck arriving while the electricity was out.

"We're a small business,” Kilgore said. “It's not like we have a big corporation backing. The stuff we have to throw away, that's out of our pocket."

The AEP website showed that all of Wayne County’s power had been restored by late Wednesday night.

Moye said, fortunately, all the outages in West Virginia were caused by problems at only 20 different spots, a relatively a low number, which allows them to fix things quicker.


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