According to Appalachian Power, more than 1,000 workers are working to restore power in the area. These workers include local line employees and tree crews and contractors. The company says they've enlisted the help of workers from Kentucky Power and AEP Ohio.
Appalachian Power says, "As outages are cleared, crews will move into more heavily damaged areas to assist in restoration."
As of 5:30 p.m. Friday, Appalachian Power says more than 73,000 customers are without power, with 69,000 of these customers being from Virginia.
Customers in much of Appalachian Power’s West Virginia service area should have power restored by late tonight.
In parts of Wytheville, Roanoke, and Lynchburg, Appalachian Power is not yet able to determine an overall restoration time.
In areas of Virginia served by the Glen Lyn, Pulaski and Wytheville service centers, Appalachian Power expects to have service restored by late Saturday night.
Restoration is expected to be complete by late Sunday night for customers in areas served by the company’s Christiansburg, Floyd and Woodlawn service centers.
Appalachian Power will update everyone of their progress in restoring customer's power Saturday at 11 a.m.