Allegheny Power is working to restore service to approximately 8,000 customers throughout West Virginia, many of whom are in Barbour and Upshur counties. Numerous powerlines snapped due to the heavy wet snow that invaded the area on Wednesday.
"In West Virginia, we have restored power to 34,000 customers," Allegheny Power Manager of External Communications Mark Nitowski said on Friday. "Our crews have been working around the clock since the storm. We are moving more crews into the area."
According to Allegheny's Power Outage Management System, which is available online at www.alleghenyenergy.com, at 8 p.m. on Friday there were 8,030 customers without power. The sites states that the lines are down because of multiple reasons, including blown fuses, downed wires and trouble on main lines.
"Some of the small neighborhoods and individuals won't have their power back until (today)," Nitowski said. "We focus on trouble spots where we can get the most customers back on first."
He explained this stage is slower because each repair does not affect a large amount of people, but individual homes and small communities.
"Our crews are working as safely and quickly as possible," Nitowski said.
The following is a glance at the number of Allegheny Power customers without power, as of 8 p.m. Friday:
At 8 p.m. Friday, the Power Outage Management System reported that nearly 17 percent of customers in Barbour County were without power in Belington, Century, Junior, Moatsville, Philippi, Thorton and Volga. That represents about 976 customers.
In the Upshur County communities of Adrian, Buckhannon, Crawford, Ellamore, French Creek, Kanawha Head, Rock Cave and Tallmansville, about 18 percent, or 2,038, of the customers were without power.
In Randolph County, 458 customers in Beverly, Bowden, Coalton, Dailey, Elkins, Helvetia, Huttonsville, Kerens, Mabie, Mill Creek, Monterville, Montrose, Norton, Pickens, Valley Bend and Valley Head were without power.
About 55 customers in the Tucker County communities of Dryfork, Hambleton, Hendricks, Red Creek and Saint George were still affected by the power outage Friday.
About 608 customers in the Lewis County communities of Camden, Crawford, Horner, Ireland, Jane Lew, Roanoke, Walkersville and Weston were still affected.
Nitowski said encourages those who see a down power line or those who are having problems with electricity to call 1-800-255-3443.
Many who are without power - and therefore heat - at home have decided to stay in hotels.
Elkins Hampton Inn Front Office Manager Lisa Riggs said eight to 10 rooms there have been booked by people affected by the outage. She said there are more rooms available.
An employee at the Days Inn in Elkins said there are four or five people staying at the hotel because of the power outages.
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