Some power restored in Floyd County but outages continue

Appalachian Power restored power to our home shortly before 2 p.m. Friday, just short of reaching a full 12 hours running on our Generac generator (power went out at 2:18 a.m.).

However, the “status” note on the web site says our power has not yet been restored.

Read the note:

We’re sorry. We are currently unable to provide an estimated time of restoration for your outage. Please check back later.

According to the status page, 192 customers remain out of power from the 1,787 affected when the general power line went down.

Don’t know, for sure, if the other 191 customers have power yet.  Attempts to reach an APCO spokesman were answered by a voicemail.

In Floyd, CVS Pharmacy shut down this morning because of the power outage.  Some businesses also closed but others had power and opened.  Some, like Pizza Inn and Dollar General, have generators that provided electricity.

In the current notice from APCO, 2,9996 customers did not have power shortly before noon.

APCO’s statement:

A ferocious wind storm battered West Virginia and Virginia late Thursday into Friday, producing multiple outages. Many Appalachian Power customers in the Mountain State were left in the dark this morning as powerful winds led to downed wires, damaged poles and fallen trees.

While the wind has calmed in West Virginia, strong squalls of more than 60 MPH continue to impact much of Appalachian’s Virginia service territory, damaging electrical facilities and leaving customers without power. In Botetourt County, the Trinity substation was knocked offline by tree debris. Multiple crews are working to install a mobile transformer to restore power to those customers affected.

More outages are expected in Virginia as the high winds continue to hammer the state throughout Friday.

In the Christiansburg and Roanoke areas of Virginia, strong winds at 30-40 MPH, with frequent gusts of 50-60 MPH, and a few peak gusts to 70 MPH will continue today into this evening. The long duration of strong winds along with moisture-saturated soil will likely cause healthy trees to fall from outside the rights-of-way and damage poles and wires.

Meanwhile, the threat of damaging winds has ended in other parts of the Appalachian Power service territory.

Franklin County had more than 14,000 customers without power.  Patrick reported 6,400 outages.

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