An Appalachian Power spokeswoman says the utility hopes to have power restored to all Virginia customers by late Friday night.

At 4:00 p.m. Friday, only a few hundred customers in Virginia were still without power.  That was down from a peak of about 6,000 Friday morning.


Appalachian Power crews are still assessing wind damage in the New River Valley and can't yet say when power will be fully restored. 

About 3,000 customers in Virginia were without power just before Noon Friday.

The bulk of the outages are in the New River Valley.  In the Roanoke Valley and Franklin County, where there are fewer outages, Appalachian expects restoration to be complete by about 6:00 Friday night.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- High winds from severe storms have knocked out power to thousands of customers in West Virginia.

Appalachian Power says at least 29,000 customers were without electrical service Friday morning.

The outages included more than 11,000 homes and businesses in Wayne County, 8,900 in Cabell County and nearly 3,000 in Lincoln County.

The high winds brought down trees and power lines and caused a roof to collapse at a Huntington business early Friday.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts were measured as high as 66 mph in Clarksburg, 62 mph in Huntington and 61 mph in Parkersburg.

Schools were closed or delayed opening in at least 10 counties.


8:10 a.m.: There are 37,300 Appalachian Power customers without power in Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee on Friday morning.

The company says it will share restoration times as soon as they are available.

In the WDBJ7 viewing area, Floyd County (1,388) and Pulaski County (1,246) have the highest number of affected customers.


6:45 a.m.: Around 2,000 Appalachian Power customers are still without power in the New River Valley.

Pulaski County has 1,242 customers without power.

Around 25,000 Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia are without power.


6:00 a.m.: There are still around 2,000 Appalachian Power customers without power in the New River Valley.

The highest number of outages is in Pulaski County, where 1,238 customers are without power.