Coping with Power Outages

LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More than 170,000 AEP customers in West Virginia remain without power as of Wednesday evening following severe weather this week.

The hum of generators is an almost constant sound driving through Lincoln County.

People on Quaint Road near Hamlin say they’re earning their address this week.

"We got candles and flashlights, but we try to conserve since we don't know how long it's going to last," Zan Dick said.

Dick doesn't have a generator. He has COPD and isn't able to use his oxygen machine.

"About all we can do is pile up in bed and try to keep ourselves warm,” Dick said. “Occasionally we go out to the car and use the car's heater."

Billy Wysong makes the daily trip to work at a coal mine in Boone County, but the power's out there too, so he's enjoying a little extra time at home with his family, but it will hurt come pay day.

"I'm going to feel it pay day because I'm out three days of pay," he said.

The outage is also causing Richard Stratton concern for his goats, with the outdoor light by their pen not scaring away other animals.

"That light tends to keep the coyotes away, but with no light you just wonder how long it will take before the coyotes figure out there's a free lunch," Stratton said.

Hamlin, Huntington, Logan, Point Pleasant, Ripley and Wayne should have power restored by Friday night, according to AEP.

As for customers in Charleston, Glasgow, Madison, and Milton, AEP hopes to have power fully restored by midnight Sunday.

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