(WFXR) — Two major storm restoration efforts are currently underway in West Virginia and Virginia as more than 3,000 workers try to restore service to more than 53,000 Appalachian Power customers early Friday afternoon.
The company says 27 bunkhouses are currently in place at the Huntington Mall, but because of coronavirus precautions, they will only be filled to half-capacity, which is 15 workers per trailer.
In addition, approximately 250 workers who completed restoration work in the Roanoke Valley are set to join the roughly 2,000 workers restoring service to the ice-damaged areas of West Virginia. In addition, helicopters and drones are reportedly being used to help with assessment.
As of 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, Appalachian Power says about 52,000 customers are without power due to the Feb. 11 and Feb. 15. ice storms.
The counties most affected by these outages include Cabell, where 17,383 customers are without service; Wayne with 14,550; Putnam with 6,160; Lincoln with 5,797; Jackson with 2,906; and Mason with 2,724.
Officials expect power will be restored to most of the customers in Jackson, Lincoln, Mason and Putnam counties by 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22. As for Cabell and Wayne counties, most customers’ power should be restored by 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Meanwhile, in Virginia, Appalachian Power says most of the 3,000 customers without power as of 11:15 a.m. should have their service restored by Friday night. However, in isolated individual cases and outages with more extensive damage, those restoration efforts may extend into Saturday, Feb. 20.
As of 12:59 p.m. on Friday, Appalachian Power is reporting at least 2,197 customers without power from the following localities:
- Pulaski County: 1,062 customers due to 49 outage cases
- Montgomery County: 462 customers due to 49 outage cases
- Wythe County: 172 customers due to 20 outage cases
- Roanoke County: 137 customers due to six outage cases
- Floyd County: 99 customers due to eight outage cases
- Pittsylvania County: 71 customers due to six outage cases
- Giles County: 52 customers due to seven outage cases
- Henry County: 49 customers due to five outage cases
- Franklin County: 30 customers due to eight outage cases
- Bland County: 22 customers due to four outage cases
- Patrick County: 12 customers due to three outage cases
- Lynchburg: Nine customers due to one outage case
- Carroll County: Seven customers due to three outage cases
- Botetourt County: Seven customers due to three outage cases
- Grayson County: Six customers due to two outage cases
- Bedford County: Less than five customers due to one outage case
- Roanoke City: Less than five customers due to two outage cases
For information about a specific outage in your area, check out the Appalachian Power online outage map.