Prepping for Power Outages

By: Lauren Schmoll Email
By: Lauren Schmoll Email

WAYNE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Jack Scites is no stranger to the power going out.

“It's a little country road and so forth, and it seems to me like every time the wind blows real hard,” Scites said. “The last two major storms, we went both times.”

High winds are just one of the things Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring to our area. So for folks like Scites, there's a good chance of winding up in the dark. WSAZ Meteorologist Brandon Butcher says we'll see major outages in two areas.

“Where you could get enough snow to cake on the leaves and bring tree branches down,” Butcher said. “And then the other place would be where the winds are high enough to also bring tree branches down on lines. “

That's why AEP is already rolling out more than 400 extra workers.

“The biggest key difference between this storm and the derecho is that we were able to watch it coming for two or three days,” AEP’s Phil Moye told “You know it's going to come. You know it's going to bring some damage. So it allows you to get some extra people in here and be ready to hit the ground running once the storm hits.”

Scites has been watching the weather, so he knew it was time to get ready, too.

“Started preparing yesterday or over the weekend, you know, because we knew it was coming,” Scites said.

What Scites learned from the derecho is helping him prepare for this one.

“We're sorta prepared, I hope,” Scites said. “But there's always something. You just don't know.”

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