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Power restored to 85% of customers with AEP

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Published: Feb. 23, 2021 at 11:19 AM EST
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UPDATE 2/23/21 @ 5:45 p.m.

HUNTINGTON/CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Power is back on to 85% of Appalachian Power customers who lost it during the historic ice storms earlier this month, AEP reported Tuesday afternoon.

Outage numbers have dropped to about 15,000 customers – down from the 97,000 who lost electricity during the height of the situation.

AEP officials say several workers remain situated in hard-hit Cabell, Jackson, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, outages in those counties were: Wayne (6,959), Cabell (4,734), Jackson (962), Lincoln (1,287), Mason (1,574) and Putnam (1,265).

AEP officials say all outages will be restored by 10 p.m. Friday – many sooner.

They say assessment teams estimate that as many as 600 broken poles and 2.400 spans of wire must be replaced – some in difficult terrain with trees down.

ORIGINAL STORY 2/23/21

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Power has been restored to 82% of customers with AEP who lost service from the ice storms this month.

According to Appalachian Power, outages peaked at 97,000 customers and have dropped to approximately 17,000.

There are several workers in Cabell, Jackson, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties.

Below are how many that are without power as of 11 a.m. Tuesday in our viewing area:

  • Cabell: 5,250
  • Jackson: 1,025
  • Lincoln: 1,538
  • Mason: 1,442
  • Putnam: 1,364

AEP says most customers will have service restored by 10 p.m. Friday, February 26.

All stations and circuits are functioning. The Wayne Station that was heavily damaged returned to service at 9 p.m. Monday, which gave power back to thousands of people.

Assessment teams are estimating that as many as 600 broken poles and roughly 2,400 spans of wire must be replaced to restore all customers to service.

There are still remote areas that can’t be accessed, because they’re covered by trees, which hinders the ability to start repairs and extends restoration time.

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