(WFXR) — Appalachian Power crews are working to restore service to more than 24,000 customers in Virginia and West Virginia after severe thunderstorms — featuring high winds and heavy rain — rolled across the region Wednesday night.

According to the company, this is the third damaging storm system to hit Appalachian Power’s service area in the last eight days, leaving more than 28,000 customers without service.

In a 10 a.m. update on Thursday, June 23, Appalachian Power announced that about 20,000 West Virginia customers and 4,200 Virginia customers were without electricity.

As of 11:44 a.m., the company says a total of 24,123 customers are reporting outages in the service area, including thousands of customers in the following Virginia localities:

  • Amherst County: 800 customers due to nine outage cases
  • Giles County: 656 customers due to 37 outage cases
  • Bedford County: 365 customers due to nine outage cases
  • Pulaski County: 236 customers due to six outage cases
  • Montgomery County: 181 customers due to seven outage cases
  • Bland County: 139 customers due to two outage cases
  • Roanoke County: 99 customers due to 10 outage cases
  • Lynchburg: 85 customers due to 12 outage cases
  • Nelson County: 61 customers due to four outage cases
  • Roanoke City: 15 customers due to three outage cases
  • Franklin County: 14 customers due to three outage cases
  • Campbell County: 12 customers due to four outage cases
  • Botetourt County: Eight customers due to three outage cases
  • Henry County: Seven customers due to two outage cases
  • Wythe County: Seven customers due to four outage cases

“As planned, workers across Appalachian Power reported this morning prepared and ready to respond. They are being moved from unaffected parts of the company’s service area and are traveling this morning to assist with restoration efforts in areas where outages occurred,” Appalachian Power said in a statement Thursday. “Based on early assessment of damage additional assistance is being requested from utilities outside the company’s service area.”

Officials say that line workers are repairing known outages that affect large numbers of customers while damage assessors are determining what resources are needed to make repairs at more than 600 locations where the storm damaged electric infrastructure.

Once crews have a better grasp on the extent of the storm damage, the company will provide an overall restoration estimate. On the bright side, Appalachian Power says the weather seems to be favorable for restoration work on Thursday and Friday, June 24.

In the meantime, since storms like this often knock over power lines, customers are asked to treat all downed lines as live ones. In other words, make sure you, your children, and your pets stay away from fallen lines and anything the lines may touch. You are also encouraged not to remove any debris that’s within 10 feet of a power line.