Appalachian Power brings in additional workers to help restore power

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- UPDATE: High winds left a peak of 25,000 Appalachian Power customers without electricity overnight and into Thanksgiving Day.

WDBJ7 photo of wind-damaged tree at Homeplace Restaurant in Catawba

The company says there are approximately 7,300 customers in West Virginia without power, as well as around 2,000 in Virginia.

More than 300 additional workers, including crews from surrounding and nearby states, are moving into areas with heavy damage to assist with service restoration, according to AP.

They say most customers going without power due to wind damage should have their service restored by Thursday night. Localities with extensive damage could be in the dark until Friday.

Customers can get more specific information about outages affecting their areas here.

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ORIGINAL STORY: More than 12,500 Appalachian Power customers are without electricity due to strong winds Wednesday night, according to a release from the company.

A prolonged period of high winds and gusts of more than 50 miles per hour are bringing trees and limbs down onto power lines and causing the outages.

The winds began Wednesday afternoon in the company's West Virginia service area and swept eastward into the Virginia service area.

Gusts over 50 miles per hour are expected to continue well into the evening.

Appalachian Power and contract storm response workers are assessing damage and making repairs, though the continued high winds are stalling progress and making working conditions unsafe.

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WDBJ7 photo of wind-damaged tree at Homeplace Restaurant in Catawba
WDBJ7 photo of wind-damaged tree at Homeplace Restaurant in Catawba
WDBJ7 photo of wind-damaged tree at Homeplace Restaurant in Catawba