Power outages rise in Floyd County overnight as storms continue

Appalachian Power is losing ground in its struggle to restore power to the area.  At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, more than 1,750 homes and businesses in Floyd County did not have electricity.  By 5:30 a.m. Monday, that number had grown to 2,147 — 23.8 percent of the county’s customers.

Some county residents reported power knocked out by storms that came through the county Sunday night but most remain in the dark from the massive wind storm that roared through the area Friday evening.

Across the region, nearly 200,000 customers of the utility remain in the dark with no word on when power will be restored.

In Roanoke, 47.7 percent were out at 5:30 a.m. Monday, compared to 44.6 in Roanoke County, 70.8 percent in Lynchburg, 82 percent in Craig County, 49.9 percent in Carroll County, 68.6 percent in Wythe and 27.7 percent in Franklin.

Afternoon thunderstorms forecast over the next few days could complicate efforts to restore power.

(Update: As of 8 a.m. the number of homes and businesses without power rose to 2,175 in Floyd County)

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