A major power outage affecting 1,787 Floyd County customers hit at 2:18 a.m. Friday on a distribution line that runs from north near Copper Hill and along either side of U.S. 221 to south of Floyd. Several hundred other countians remain in the dark as well from smaller outages.

Floyd County Schools closed Friday after first announcing classes would start two hours late.  The power outages that affect parts of the county also hit the high school and road conditions drove the administration to go ahead and cancel classes for the day.

Appalachian Power Company ways it is “assessing the condition ” and would not offer an estimate when power might be restored as it deals with outages throughout the region.

“We’re sorry.  We are currently unable to provide an estimated time of restoration for your outage,” says a phone recording at 6:11 a.m. Friday.

Smaller, sporadic outages also affects parts of the county and surrounding counties in both the Roanoke and New River Valley areas.  With more than 2,000 Floyd County customers in the dark Friday morning and high winds forecast to continue throughout the day, the powerless conditions could grow.

Botetourt County cancelled school for Friday after a major outage struck that area Thursday evening.

In the Sandy Flats, Poor Farm area, our generator kicked in at 2:18 a.m. at our house, restored power, is continues to run.

Power is out for the town of Floyd.

Downed trees, broken limbs and debris are reported throughout the county and region this Friday morning.

Developing story.  We will continue to monitor the situation.