UPDATE 9:40 p.m.: Power outages continue to lessen in the area from Monday’s winter storm.
As of this update, the following localities in the region are still reporting outages:
- Albemarle County: 2,535 customers without power
- Nelson County: 788 customers without power
- Patrick County: 643 customers without power
- Amherst County: 477 customers without power
- Bedford County: 429 customers without power
- Lynchburg: 107 customers without power
Some of these customers are not directly from Monday’s winter storm.
Crews are continuing to work around-the-clock to get all customers back online.
Appalachian Power hopes to have everyone restored by Friday.
Across Appalachian Power’s grid, as of this update, there are just over 5,600 customers throughout Virginia and West Virginia who remain in the dark.
UPDATE 5:55 p.m.: Appalachian Power crews are still working to restore power to customers remaining in the dark after Monday’s winter storm.
As of this update, the following localities in the region are reporting outages:
- Albemarle County: 2,882 customers without power
- Nelson County: 948 customers without power
- Amherst County: 776 customers without power
- Bedford County: 427 customers without power
- Franklin County: 283 customers without power
- Lynchburg: 218 customers without power
Other localities are showing under 100 customers without power.
Appalachian Power says they anticipate restoring power to individuals in the counties of Bedford, Franklin, Henry and Patrick counties Wednesday night.
The remaining customers should be restored by Friday afternoon.
(WFXR) — After Monday’s snowstorm dropped up to eight inches of wet and heavy snow in parts of Virginia, more than 45,000 Appalachian Power customers were left without electricity. As of Wednesday morning, though, crews have restored service to over 80 percent of the customers affected by the storm.
The company says crews made repairs at more than 400 locations on Tuesday, Jan. 4, restoring service to approximately 12,000 customers.
According to Appalachian Power’s update from 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, there are still more than 400 locations where crews need to make repairs in order to restore service to the roughly 8,600 customers still without power.
Appalachian Power’s 2:14 p.m. outage update says the following localities in southwest and central Virginia have the most storm-related outages:
- Albemarle County: 3,221 customers due to 56 outage cases
- Amherst County: 1,237 customers due to 40 outage cases
- Nelson County: 1,037 customers due to 49 outage cases
- Bedford County: 966 customers due to 49 outage cases
- Giles County: 439 customers due to six outage cases
- Lynchburg: 405 customers due to 28 outage cases
- Franklin County: 316 customers due to 23 outage cases
The company says more than 600 employees and contractors are working to restore electricity, including nearly 100 workers from Ohio who joined the effort Wednesday morning.
While the weather outlook remains favorable for service restoration, Appalachian Power says workers are still facing some access issues due to refreezing.
Crews are also following COVID-19 safety precautions while they work in order to protect themselves, our customers and the public.
Appalachian Power expects most customers with outages related to the storm should have service restored before or by the following times:
- Wednesday, Jan. 5 (night): Giles, Patrick, and Roanoke counties and the City of Roanoke
- Thursday, Jan. 6 (night): Franklin and Henry counties
- Friday, Jan. 7 (afternoon): Albemarle, Amherst, Bedford, and Nelson counties and the City of Lynchburg
The company warns that heavy snow can lead to fallen trees and downed power lines.
As a result, customers are asked to treat all downed lines as live power lines, to never touch downed power lines or sparking equipment, and to keep children and pets away from fallen lines and anything the lines may touch.
Appalachian Power also urges community members to protect yourselves and the company’s employees and contractors by not approaching them and maintaining social distancing as they work to restore power.
You can find additional safety tips by following this link.