Appalachian Power preparing for high winds

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Appalachian Power said Thursday that the company is preparing for the sustained high winds that are expected to be between 40 and 60 miles per hour. These winds are expected to move across Glade Spring through Lynchburg Thursday night into Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, winds could reach up to 70 miles per hour.

According to Appalachian Power, the company is "monitoring the weather closely and has a plan in place to move employees and contractors into areas likely to experience damage and outages from the wind storm by Friday morning."

Appalachian Power said the high winds may tamper with their ability to respond to areas that are damaged. The company said it cannot safely make repairs while trees and limbs are still falling and crews cannot work from buckets or on poles while wind gusts are still dangerously high.

Appalachian Power warns that the high winds may caused downed power lines and that people should stay away from them. They caution to never touch downed power lines or sparking equipment.