UPDATE: Service restored to over 94% of Appalachian Power customers affected by Monday’s winter weather

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UPDATE 6:19 p.m.: Appalachian Power says that they have restored more than 94 percent of customers who lost power from Monday’s snowfall.

During that event, more than 45,000 customers lost service because of heavy, wet snow that fell on Jan. 3.

Areas with the most storm-related outages include:

  • Albermarle County: 1,917 customers
  • Nelson County: 433 customers
  • Amherst County: 40 customers
  • Lynchburg: 67 customers

(WFXR) — With another bout of winter weather set to hit Virginia Thursday evening, Appalachian Power says crews have restored power to more than 90 percent of the 45,000 customers who lost electricity because of Monday’s snowfall.

As of 3:43 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6, the company says the four following localities in central Virginia have the most customers dealing with outages:

  • Albemarle County: 1,906 customers due to 89 outage cases
  • Nelson County: 580 customers due to 28 outage cases
  • Amherst County: 406 customers due to nine outage cases
  • Lynchburg: 80 customers due to four outage cases

As restoration efforts become concentrated in the most heavily-damaged areas, Appalachian Power says crews are working on outages that affect smaller numbers of customers.

According to the company, more than 375 workers remain dedicated to the effort to repair more than 150 locations to restore service to the 4,033 customers still without power at this time.

Except in isolated cases or areas with extensive damage, Appalachian Power expects to have service restored by the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 7.

“A weather system later today will bring accumulation of light, dry snow across parts of West Virginia and into Virginia, with some wet, heavier snow in northeast Tennessee and far southwest Virginia,” Appalachian Power said in a statement at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. “The snow, along with gusty winds tonight and cold temperatures across the region through Friday, may create poor driving and working conditions that could slow restoration efforts. Although the coming weather system is not expected to cause significant additional outages, we are preparing for that possibility.”

The company also reminded customers of the following safety guidelines as restoration efforts continue:

  • Treat all downed lines as live power lines and stay away from them.
  • 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.
  • Please protect yourself and Appalachian Power employees and contractors by not approaching them as they work to restore power.

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