Crews work to restore power to 95 homes in Montvale on Thanksgiving

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MONTVALE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- High winds overnight Wednesday into Thursday knocked out power from thousands of homes in Southwest Virginia.

At its peak, 25,000 Appalachian Power customers were without electricity thanks to winds gusting upwards of 50 miles per hour.

One repair crew spent its Thanksgiving holiday fixing a power line along Route 460 in Montvale. That damage caused 95 customers to lose power.

“Everybody wants power on Thanksgiving, I know I do, my family does, and they expect it," said site foreman Jordan Cornette. "It’s hard to change plans around the power outage, but there are people out here working to get it back on and we do leave our families for it, and we all hope to get it on as quick as we can, but it does take time.”

Appalachian Power brings in additional workers to help restore power

The workers thank everyone for their patience and say that it can take a while to restore power because they have to make sure everything they do is done safely.

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