Crews work to restore power following winter storm

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 10:15 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Appalachian Power is working to restore power to customers left in the dark after a winter storm system moved through the region Sunday evening.

Crews have restored service to more than two-thirds of the customers affected by the storm.

In West Virginia, around 3,000 customers are currently without electric service. Most of those, around 2,000, are in hard-hit areas of Kanawha County.

AEP anticipates having the majority of outages in Kanawha County restored by Tuesday evening, with the remainder restored by Wednesday evening.

The following counties in West Virginia have more than 100 customers still without power:

  • Roane - 333
  • Kanawha - 2,130
  • Clay - 140

“We were without power all day yesterday, come on late last night, and then was back off this morning before I woke up,” Kaleb Sincell said.

“We were off Monday morning from like 3 a.m. till the following 7:30 in the evening, and then it was on all night,” Kathy Souerss said. “And this morning, it went off about seven again.”

Sincell and Souerss are two of thousands of people in Kanawha County who woke up without power. but they both had electricity restored by Tuesday afternoon.

Phil Moye, an Appalachian Power spokesman, said they’re doing the best they can to get power restored as quickly as they can.

“The way we restore power, we’ll first try to hit those ones that are affecting like 1,000 customers or so and then work our way down,” Moye said. “We’re always trying to be as efficient as we can in getting the largest number of customers out, back in service.”

More than 1,100 workers are dedicated to the restoration in West Virginia, including 250 workers from Indiana and Michigan who arrived in advance of the storm and 50 line workers from Kentucky who will join the effort Tuesday.

Outages peaked Monday morning at 31,000 customers without electric service.

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