Fog on U.S. 221 in Floyd County and a courteous driver who had his headlights burning.

Power remains out and there’s freezing fog on the road

Heavy fog on county roads.

More than 2,000 customers of Appalachian Power Company remain without electricity on this Sunday morning as the utility struggles to finish up the battle to restore power in a service area that left more than 50,000 dark on Thursday.

For most, the power has been out for more than 80 hours, starting at 9:20 a.m. Thursday.

While some county residents have generators to restore partial or full power, many do not and some who use portable gas generators are running low on gas.

Current estimates from APCO predict power should be restored to all Floyd County customers by 10 p.m. Sunday.  That’s 24 hours later than an original estimate of 10 p.m. Saturday.  APCO says aerial surveys by helicopters found more problems and reasons for delays.

In the meantime, those on the road found fog and freezing fog Sunday morning.

Statement from the National Weather Service:

..Pockets of fog and freezing fog this morning… Light winds and low level moisture has lead to patches of fog and freezing fog this morning. Where temperature are sub-freezing… freezing fog could develop. Freezing fog can form a layer of ice on elevated surfaces such as tree limbs…stairs and railings. Vehicles could be coated in a layer of ice and black ice may also form on roadways. Black ice is not easy to see and can be very dangerous. Drivers are urged to slow down and watch for sudden reductions in visibilities. Driver should also prepare for slick or icy roads this morning.

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