UPDATE 2/6/12 @ 4:50 p.m.
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Power has been restored to more than 2,000 AEP customers who were in the dark for most of Monday.
The customers without power were in Cabell and Lincoln Counties.
Phil Moye with AEP tells WSAZ.com that the power was restored shortly before 4 p.m. Monday.
Moye says there was an issue in the transmission line that feeds to a sub-station. Moye says a spot was weakened, likely by tree contact and that electricity burned through the line.
Moye tells WSAZ.com the reason it took so long to get the power restored is because these transmission lines run hilltop to hilltop in very rural areas and it took a while to find the cause of the outage.
The power outage caused a number of schools to close down on Monday.
Phil Moye with AEP tells WSAZ.com the outage is due to an issue with a main transmission line that feeds a sub-station.
As of 11 a.m., 1,744 customers in Lincoln County remain in the dark, while in Cabell County the number is 1093.
As for repairs, Moye says he does not have a timetable right now.
The power outage closed a number of schools Monday.
In Cabell County, Salt Rock Elementary was closed.
In Lincoln County, Hamlin Elementary, West Hamlin Elementary, Guyan Valley Middle and Lincoln County High School were all closed.
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In Cabell County, 1,195 customers are without electricity, while in Lincoln County, 2,320 are in the dark Monday morning.
Dispatchers at Lincoln County 911 told WSAZ.com that they were informed by AEP that crews are working to restore the power and expect it to be back on by 9 a.m. Monday.
This power outage is affecting schools. In Cabell County, Salt Rock Elementary is closed. Staff is to report on regular schedule.
In Lincoln County, Hamlin Elementary, West Hamlin Elementary, Guyan Valley Middle and Lincoln County High School are closed to both students and staff.
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