Appalachian Power releases estimates for power restoration after Saturday’s storms

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(WFXR) — With more than 37,000 customers across Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee waking up on Sunday morning without electricity, Appalachian Power released its plan to restore the power lost after Saturday’s storms.

On Sunday, Appalachian Power said it was “keeping crews and contractors in place where needed and shifting workers in areas with fewer outages to more heavily-damaged areas.” Furthermore, Appalachian Power brought in more than 110 line workers from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to help local employees restore service across the region.

According to Appalachian Power, Virginia customers living in Dickenson, Grundy, Franklin, and Bedford counties can expect their power to return by 6 p.m. on Sunday. Scott, Smyth, and Washington counties sustained greater damage and service restoration is not expected until 10 p.m. on Monday. Most of the remaining counties should have their electricity restored by 10 p.m. on Sunday based on Appalachian Power estimates.

However, as of 1:44 p.m. on Sunday, there are still 20,429 customers without power, which is why Appalachian Power released a list of safety tips warning customers about the potential dangers of power outages:

  • “Stay away from all downed lines or sparking equipment, and keep children and pets away from fallen lines and anything the lines may touch.
  • Never remove debris that’s within 10 feet of a power line.
  • Unplug major appliances to protect them when power comes back on.
  • Leave a light turned on so you know when power is restored.
  • Refuel heaters, lamps, and generators outside, and stay away from any flames or sparks. Wipe up fuel spills immediately.
  • Let us know if you’re using a generator – this protects you and our line workers as they work to restore power.
  • Never operate lanterns, heaters, or fuel-fired stoves without proper ventilation.
  • Never burn charcoal indoors. It releases poisonous carbon monoxide.
  • Do not let children carry candles or oil lamps.”

For more information about current power outages for Appalachian Power customers, follow this link for the outage map.

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