CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia regulators have ordered power and water companies statewide to assess their responses to powerful windstorms in late June that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power.
The state Public Service Commission on Friday also asked the utilities to explain how they will prepare for similar weather events.
A June 29 windstorm and subsequent storms left more than half a million West Virginians without power. Some had to wait nearly two weeks to have their power restored.
While the commission acknowledged the utilities worked long hours to restore service, it also noted that many power failures left customers sweltering in high temperatures, compounding the impact of the storms.
The Charleston Gazette reported Saturday The utilities have 30 days to submit their reports.