UPDATE: Storms cause thousands of power outages across region; Appalachian Power estimates ‘multiple-day effort’ for restoration

Local News

UPDATE 5:40 p.m.: Appalachian Power announced that as of 5 p.m. Monday, there are around 500 customers without service in Tennessee, 4,700 in Virginia and 19,300 in West Virginia. These outages followed strong weather that moved through the area and the second round of storms that occurred Monday morning.

AEP is currently assessing the damage. The company says crews from outside its service area have moved in to assist with service restoration.

AEP estimates power will be restored to the following counties Monday night: Amherst, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Campbell, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Montgomery, Nelson, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Roanoke (city and county), and Wythe.

AEP is also reporting that Monroe County, W. Va. will receive power Monday night. Harder hit areas, such as Greenbrier County, should have power restored by Wednesday.

UPDATE 11:31 a.m.: Appalachian Power announced at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, April 13 that about 53,000 customers are without power due to storm damages, but more outages are still likely to occur throughout the day as high wind gusts continue to blow in areas with saturated soil.

According to Appalachian Power, 21,000 Virginians and 32,000 West Virginians are affected by these outages, especially the 100 large outages each affecting more than 100 customers.

Employees and contractors across the company — and some from outside the service area — are working to examine damages, clear safety hazards, secure additional resources, and repair damages from outages affecting large numbers of customers, according to the company.

However, Appalachian Power says it will take multiple days to restore power, and the company cannot make accurate estimates until the high winds and storm threats pass and the extent of the damages can be assessed more thoroughly.

“Both the widespread nature of the storm and COVID-19 travel restrictions make securing additional resources more difficult, however, we have planned for this and are working through that plan today,” says Appalachian Power. “Our employee COVID-19 safety precautions, including keeping a safe distance from customers, wearing bandanas or masks and gloves, and so on, remain in place. Our priorities will be protecting our employees, our customers and the public while restoring power.”

Until crews can clear the fallen trees and downed power lines caused by high winds, Appalachian Power asks customers to keep their children and pets away from downed power lines, anything the lines may touch, and any sparking equipment.

“Please protect yourself and our employees and contractors by not approaching them as they work to restore power,” says Appalachian Power. “Maintaining social distancing is the best way you can help our crews.”

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Severe weather conditions across the region have resulted in thousands of power outages across southwest Virginia.

According to the Appalachian Power and Dominion Energy outage maps, there are around 7,458 houses without power in southwest Virginia as of 7:45 a.m.:

  • Alleghany County: 3
  • Amherst County: 161
  • Bedford County: 2,057
  • Bland County: 16
  • Botetourt County: 87
  • Campbell County: 1,560
  • Carroll County: 245
  • Covington: 13
  • Floyd County: 1,150
  • Franklin County: 98
  • Galax: 8
  • Giles County: 21
  • Grayson County: 90
  • Henry County: 837
  • Lynchburg: 195
  • Montgomery County: 334
  • Nelson County: 6
  • Patrick County: 318
  • Pittsylvania County: 21
  • Pulaski County: 167
  • Roanoke City: 103
  • Roanoke County: 67
  • Rockbridge County: 17
  • Wythe County: 54

Latest Stories

Get breaking news, weather, and sports delivered to your smartphone with the WFXR News app available on Apple and Android.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

News tips

Do you have a news tip or breaking news to share with WFXR?  Submit your tip here.

Latest News

More News

News Tip Form