Appalachian Power preparing for possible widespread power outages

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - A cold front is moving in and Appalachian Power crews say they're expecting significant outages. Winds of up to 40 to 60 miles per hour are expected Friday night into Saturday. That's enough to tear shingles off of roofs.

That's why Appalachian Power crews say they have a plan in place to get to areas most likely to experience damage in the storm. In a press release, officials said they are preparing for potential power outages because of the prolonged winds and moisture-saturated soils.

The cold front is expected to move across areas from Glade Spring east through Lynchburg tonight and into tomorrow. Those strong winds are expected to continue into Saturday, with expected gusts of up to 70 miles per hour.

Phil Wright, Appalachian Power’s vice president of distribution, said in a press release the storm could also slow down efforts to restore power.

“We cannot safely make repairs while trees and limbs are still falling, or work from buckets or on poles while wind gusts are still dangerously high,” Write said in a statement.

According to the company, customers can get specific information about the outages affecting their accounts via text message and/or email by subscribing to Appalachian Power outage alerts. To sign up, please visit www.appalachianpower.com/alerts.

A snapshot view of current outages is available anytime at www.appalachianpower.com/outagemap