SEVERE WEATHER UPDATE: Crews Work to Restore Power to Thousands After Damaging Storms

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UPDATE 6/11/14 @ 8 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Although electricity is being restored to many people in our region after Tuesday night's severe storms, several thousand still remained without power Wednesday night.

Significant outages continued to be reported throughout the Tri-State.

Here are the most recent numbers from American Electric Power, as of about 8 p.m. Wednesday:

WEST VIRGINIA

Cabell: 5,910
Wayne: 4,002
Logan:3,336
Lincoln: 551
Kanawha: 4,565
Roane: 322
Boone: 1,741
Clay: 925
Fayette: 2,090
Mingo: 1,135

OHIO

Lawrence: 1,357
Scioto: 604
Gallia: 106

KENTUCKY

Boyd: 4,273
Greenup: 1,309
Carter: 946
Lawrence: 576
Martin: 541
Pike: 1,777
Floyd: 434
Johnson: 344
Magoffin: 307



UPDATE 6/11/14 @ 12 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some 38,000 AEP customers in West Virginia remain without power late Wednesday morning
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AEP says they are bringing in 400 additional line mechanics and 100 assessors to assist in restoration efforts that the company says will be a multi-day effort.

The company says better estimates of restoration times will be provided throughout the day as we gather assessment information.

The hardest hit counties continue to be Cabell (9,965), Wayne (6,247) Logan (4,743) and Kanawha (4,442).

Kentucky Power says 27,000 of their customers remain without electricity. They say the majority are in the Cannonsburg district which includes Boyd County (5,701).

Other significant outages are in Pike County (6,247) and Greenup County (1,817).

They say crews are addressing outages as quickly as possible. 360 additional line mechanics and 90 additional assessors are being brought in to assist company restoration efforts in what will be a multi-day effort.

Initial assessments estimate service should be restored to 90 percent of customers by midnight Friday.

AEP Ohio says approximately 5,500 customers remain without power. They say the majority of customers are in the Chesapeake and Ironton areas of Lawrence County (1,693). The storm also affected customers in Jackson, Meigs, and Scioto counties.

Damage includes broken poles and downed wires. Additional crews are being brought in to these areas to help with restoration efforts.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON/CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Severe thunderstorms brought down trees and power lines throughout much of our coverage area Tuesday night, knocking out power to thousands people and blocking many roadways.

Here are outage numbers from American Electric Power as of just before 11 p.m. Tuesday:

WEST VIRGINIA
Wayne: 8,331
Cabell: 16,791
Kanawha: 3,623
Mingo: 3,610
Boone: 4,481
Mason: 360
Jackson: 863
Clay: 228
Nicholas: 166

KENTUCKY
Boyd: 9,495
Lawrence: 1,226
Pike: 8,996
Floyd: 1,586
Johnson: 291
Greenup: 4,721
Magoffin: 1,500

OHIO
Lawrence: 8,980
Scioto: 1,007
Gallia: 688
Jackson: 430
Meigs: 3,585
Athens: 1,634

Cabell County 911 reported a fallen tree has blocked U.S. 60 near Blue Sulphur Road late Tuesday night. Motorists are urged to avoid that area.

There are numerous reports of fallen trees throughout much of our coverage area. Winds in excess of 60 mph were reported with some of the storms.

In the Franklin Furnace area of Scioto County, Ohio, there was a report of a person trapped by a fallen tree. The extent of that person's injuries was unavailable.

In Huntington, there were numerous reports of trees down over main roadways, including 8th Street near 10th Avenue and along much of Washington Boulevard. Cabell County 911 dispatchers and Huntington street crews said they had received more than 100 calls about fallen trees. Madison Avenue in West Huntington also had several reports of downed trees.

In Kanawha County, West Virginia, the westbound lanes of U.S. 60 are blocked at Hughes Creek because of a tree down. There also are reports of a tree down by the Marathon gas station along U.S. 60 in Shrewsbury, as well as an accident and tree down in the area of the London Locks along U.S. 60. No injuries are reported in that two-car crash. All of those areas are in the eastern part of Kanawha County.

There were no immediate reports of high water on roadways from the fast-moving storms.

WSAZ.com Chief Meteorologist Tony Cavalier said the storms raced through the Tri-State from southeast Kentucky Tuesday evening and hit the Kanawha Valley and Interstate 77 stretch later Tuesday night.

Although many people reported seeing what looked like funnel clouds, there were no confirmed reports of tornadoes. WSAZ.com Meteorologist Kelly Ann Cicalese said conditions were favorable for severe thunderstorms, but not necessarily tornadoes.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remained in effect for much of the area through midnight.

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