UPDATE: Appalachian Power says customer outages in southern Virginia are down to around 1,600, Danville Utilities customers still out down to nearly 250

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UPDATE 6:15 p.m.: Utility crews continue restoring power to customers still in the dark in Danville.

According to an update from the City, approximately 250 customers are still without power in Danville.

The remaining outages are scattered.


UPDATE 5:20 p.m.: Appalachian Power says they have continued to make progress restoring power to those knocked out in the last two winter storms to move through sections of the area.

In Virginia, 1,100 workers continue to work to restore power to the 1,600 customers still in the dark.

Locally, as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the following outages are still active:

  • Henry County (534)
  • Franklin County (466)
  • Pittsylvania County (424)

In West Virginia, where the majority of outages remain, crews are continuing to work to get those customers back on the grid.

Most Virginia customers, Appalachian Power says, should have service restored by Wednesday night. In isolated cases and outages with extensive damage, restoration may extend into Thursday.


UPDATE 1:08 p.m.: After a Monday night ice storm left more than 97,000 West Virginia customers without service, Appalachian Power says crews are still working Wednesday to restore power to more than 70,000 customers in West Virginia and Virginia before the forecasted winter weather leads to more outages overnight.

“The ice storm event in West Virginia is a major undertaking, as evidenced by Governor Justice’s declaration of a state of emergency. While we restored critical transmission infrastructure at four substations yesterday, eight remain out of power,” Appalachian Power said in the 11 a.m. update on Wednesday. “While 20 affected distribution circuits were restored yesterday, 30 remain out. There are 140 outages that each affect 100 or more customers, and 35 of those each affect more than 500 customers. Nearly 1,500 workers remain committed to the service restoration effort in West Virginia.”

West Virginia road and work conditions are considered hazardous as ice accumulation remains on poles, wires, trees, and many roads. In addition, another weather system is forecasted to bring four to seven inches of wet snow — which is likely to stick on icy trees and lines, adding more weight — on Wednesday night through Thursday, Feb. 18 in areas already impacted by ice.

As of Wednesday morning, crews in West Virginia are working to restore service to the 72,500 customers without power.

The most heavily impacted counties in West Virginia as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday are Cabell, which has 30,111 customers without service; Wayne with 17,938; Putnam with 8,779; Lincoln with 6,232; Jackson with 3,711; Mason with 3,501; and Kanawha with 1,310.

Meanwhile, in Virginia, Appalachian Power says more than 1,100 workers are still working to restore service to the 2,500 customers still without power after the ice storm on Saturday, Feb. 13.

In addition, with a new ice storm forecasted for many of the areas in Virginia impacted by Saturday’s storm, crews are preparing for the possibility of additional outages.

As of 12:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Appalachian Power says at least 2,120 customers are without power from the following localities:

  • Henry County: 659 customers due to 91 outage cases
  • Franklin County: 581 customers due to 37 outage cases
  • Pittsylvania County: 508 customers due to 21 outage cases
  • Floyd County: 157 customers due to 20 outage cases
  • Patrick County: 126 customers due to 28 outage cases
  • Roanoke County: 41 customers due to three outage cases
  • Montgomery County: 18 customers due to three outage cases
  • Amherst County: 13 customers due to two outage cases
  • Giles County: Nine customers due to one outage case
  • Lynchburg: Eight customers due to one outage case
  • Campbell County: Less than five customers due to two outage cases
  • Grayson County: Less than five customers due to one outage case
  • Nelson County: Less than five customers due to one outage case

Appalachian Power expects most Virginia customers still without power from the Saturday ice storm should have their service restored by Wednesday night. However, in isolated individual cases and outages with extensive damage, that restoration may take until Thursday.

Meanwhile, Dominion Energy is reporting 1,822 customer outages as of 1 p.m. on Wednesday from the following localities:

  • Charlotte County: 939 customers out from 73 projects
  • Halifax County: 640 customers out from 106 projects
  • Pittsylvania County: 161 customers out from 26 projects
  • Appomattox County: 43 customers out from eight projects
  • Nelson County: 30 customers out from one project
  • Campbell County: Nine customers out from two projects

In addition, the Danville Utilities outage map is not working at the time of this writing, but Danville city officials released the following update shortly after noon on Wednesday:

Danville Utilities crews continue their efforts to restore power to customers who lost service during last weekend’s storm. The remaining outages are scattered and damage is extensive, with broken poles and, in some cases, large spans of downed lines. Approximately 350 customers this morning remained without power.

Mutual aid crews from N.C. cities continue to assist in restoring power. These crews will remain in Danville to assist with additional outages from Thursday’s storm. Additional power outages are likely, and if widespread, restoration of service could take multiple days. Electric customers whose residence or business is without power should call Danville Utilities at (434) 773-8300 to report an outage.

When widespread outages occur, power and light line crews first are assigned to make repairs based on restoring power to the greatest number of customers in the shortest time. As lines are repaired and crews become available, they are assigned to areas with fewer outages.

Customers using medical devices must make other arrangements in the event of a power outage and temporarily go to a location or medical facility that does have power. For customers unable to make other arrangements, they should call the non-emergency number for the Emergency Communications Center. That number is (434) 799-5111, option 8. The center will notify one of the participating agencies to meet the need.

Residents and visitors should be aware that downed power lines are dangerous. Please call 9-1-1 immediately.

City of Danville

(WFXR) — As of Wednesday morning — less than 24 hours before another winter storm is expected to hit southwest and central Virginia — more than 8,000 people in the region are still without power from the last winter storm.

As of 7:29 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, Appalachian Power says at least 2,688 customers are without power from the following localities:

  • Henry County: 839 customers due to 106 outage cases
  • Franklin County: 737 customers due to 68 outage cases
  • Pittsylvania County: 517 customers due to 27 outage cases
  • Floyd County: 384 customers due to 41 outage cases
  • Patrick County: 123 customers due to 30 outage cases
  • Roanoke County: 31 customers due to one outage case
  • Grayson County: 14 customers due to three outage cases
  • Roanoke City: 13 customers due to one outage case
  • Amherst County: 12 customers due to one outage case
  • Giles County: Nine customers due to one outage case
  • Montgomery County: Nine customers due to five outage cases
  • Bedford County: Less than five customers due to two outage cases
  • Carroll County: Less than five customers due to one outage case
  • Galax: Less than five customers due to one outage case

Meanwhile, Dominion Energy is reporting 2,358 customer outages as of 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday from the following localities:

  • Charlotte County: 1,009 customers out from 94 projects
  • Halifax County: 922 customers out from 143 projects
  • Pittsylvania County: 244 customers out from 49 projects
  • Campbell County: 79 customers out from 22 projects
  • Appomattox County: 68 customers out from 17 projects
  • Nelson County: 36 customers out from three projects

In addition, Danville Utilities is reporting 80 active outages that are impacting 2,990 customers as of 7:40 a.m. on Wednesday.

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