UPDATE 11:15 p.m.: Progress continues to be made to restore power to customers in Virginia and West Virginia.
According to Appalachian Power, just under 9,000 customers are still in the dark with the majority still into central and western West Virginia.
Locally, Amherst County tops the list with just under 400 customers without power. Roanoke and Wythe counties have just over 100 customers in the dark.
Far fewer outages are being reported in Roanoke City as well as in the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Giles, Montgomery, Floyd, Patrick, Carroll and Grayson.
Power is expected to be restored to local residents tonight.
Dominion is not reporting any outages in our region.
UPDATE 9:00 p.m.: Appalachian Power says they now have just under 10,000 customers without power in Virginia and West Virginia.
The highest concentration of outages continues to be in central and western West Virginia.
In Kanawha County, over 6,500 customers are still without power.
Locally, Amherst and Roanoke Counties each have under 200 customers still in the dark.
The following localities are reporting only sporadic outages which include the counties of Henry, Patrick, Carroll, Floyd, Grayson and Giles.
Appalachian Power continues to say that all customers should be restored Monday evening.
UPDATE 7:50 p.m.: More progress is being made to restore power to customers who are still in the dark.
As of this update, a total of just under 12,000 customers are still without power on Appalachian Power’s grid with the highest majority of those still being in central and western West Virginia.
Locally, Amherst County tops the list with 210 customers without power. Roanoke County follows with 139.
Elsewhere, outages are more sporadic.
Dominion Power says they have restored all of its customers in our region.
UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: Appalachian Power reports just over 16,600 customers on their grid are without power with the highest concentration still around central and western West Virginia.
Locally, Giles County has the highest amount of customers in the dark with 388. Roanoke County and Carroll County each report a little over 200 customers who are still without power.
Elsewhere, only sporadic outages remain in our area.
Appalachian Power says they expect all customers who are left in the dark from Sunday’s winter storm should be restored Monday evening.
UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: Power restoration efforts are continuing in the region.
As of this update, Danville Utilities reports 186 customers are without power in the Whitmell community. Crews are working to restore service here.
Also, Appalachian Power is reporting outages are down to just over 16,000.
Locally, Giles County tops the outage list with just under 400 customers without power. Roanoke County and Carroll County are each reporting around 230 customers who are in the dark.
The majority of the outages on AEP’s grid comes from West Virginia.
Dominion power says only 543 customers are without power across Virginia and North Carolina.
Locally, a few customers in Carroll and Pittsylvania Counties are without power.
Crews will continue working to restore power to those customers who are left in the dark.
UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Power crews continue working around-the-clock to get everyone’s power restored from Sunday’s winter storm that brought snow, sleet and freezing rain to the area.
As of this update, Appalachian Power is reporting just over 19,000 customers without power in Virginia and West Virginia.
The bulk of the outages continue to be focused into West Virginia where in Kanawha County alone, nearly 12,000 customers are in the dark.
Locally, the highest concentration of outages are in Patrick County where just over 300 customers were without power. Pulaski, Giles and Roanoke counties had between 200 and 400 customers without power.
Other localities in the region were reporting much-fewer outages including in the cities of Roanoke, Lynchburg and Galax as well as the counties of Amherst, Bedford, Franklin, Henry, Floyd, Carroll, Montgomery, Grayson and Wythe.
On Dominion’s grid, nearly 1,300 customers are without power with most of them being in York County, in eastern Virginia and Fairfax County in northern Virginia.
Elsewhere, only very isolated outages were being reported – including in Campbell and Pittsylvania Counties where a small handful of customers were without power.
UPDATE 12:38 p.m.: A combination of snow, sleet, and wind on Sunday and Monday has left more than 27,000 Appalachian Power customers in both Virginia and West Virginia without electricity at this time, with additional snowfall and gusty winds likely to increase that total even more.
Appalachian Power says the snowfall first began causing outages in the Virginia service territory on Sunday. However, from Sunday night through Monday morning, outages climbed sharply from 5,000 to more than 30,000 by 11:30 a.m. on Monday.
According to the company, the majority of storm-related outages are located in West Virginia, where around 23,000 customers were without power as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Meanwhile, more than 6,500 of Appalachian Power’s customers impacted by the outages were from Virginia.
The Virginia localities with the most of Appalachian Power customers without power as of 12:28 p.m. on Monday are listed below:
- Grayson County: 1,258 customers due to nine outage cases
- Roanoke County: 1,236 customers due to 15 outage cases
- Amherst County: 993 customers due to seven outage cases
- Roanoke City: 838 customers due to five outage cases
- Patrick County: 512 customers due to 15 outage cases
- Giles County: 388 customers due to three outage cases
- Pulaski County: 311 customers due to three outage cases
- Bland County: 242 customers due to one outage case
- Lynchburg: 209 customers due to four outage cases
The company says nearly 250 additional workers were requested and arrived ahead of the storm. For example, line mechanics and assessors from Indiana Michigan Power arrived on Saturday, Jan. and are currently assisting local crews and contractors with the storm restoration effort.
“Workers are assessing damage, clearing safety hazards and repairing damage on outages affecting large numbers of customers. Employees are observing COVID-19 safety precautions as they go about restoring service in order to protect themselves, our customers and the public,” Appalachian Power said in an 11:30 a.m. update on Monday.
Officials say assessors are working to identify damage to facilities, but until the extent of the damage is more fully known, restoration estimates cannot be accurately determined.
Meanwhile, workers are dealing with poor road conditions, primarily on secondary roads, which may slow restoration efforts.
According to the company, gusty winds today are anticipated throughout Appalachian Power’s service territory, which may cause snow-laden trees to fall, resulting in more outages. In addition, temperatures are expected to drop Monday evening, which may lead to refreezing.
Appalachian Power included the following safety reminder’s in Monday morning’s update:
- 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.
(WFXR) — Thousands of Appalachian Power customers are dealing with power outages Monday morning after a winter storm worked its way through southwest and central Virginia on Sunday.
According to Appalachian Power, a total of 4,117 customers are without power because of major outages in the following localities as of 6:28 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 17:
- Amherst County: 1,535 customers due to seven outage cases
- Roanoke County: 776 customers due to 19 outage cases
- Lynchburg: 753 customers due to 14 outage cases
- Patrick County: 637 customers due to 15 outage cases
- Bland County: 242 customers due to one outage case
- Henry County: 174 customers due to six outage cases
Meanwhile, Roanoke City and more than a dozen counties around the region — including Grayson, Wythe, Carroll, Floyd, Pulaski, Giles, Montgomery, Franklin, Pittsylvania, Campbell, Nelson, Bedford, and Botetourt counties — are each dealing with less than 100 customers impacted by outages, the company says.