Appalachian Power says restoration will be "multiple-day effort"

Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 6:03 AM EDT
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Many of our areas are experiencing power outages due to severe weather. Appalachian Power says it has 53,000 customers across Virginia and West Virginia without power Monday, and the number will likely increase.

21,000 customers are without power in Appalachian Power's Virginia service area, and there are many large outages, including more than 100 that each affect more than 100 customers, according to AEP.

Continued strong winds make it likely for more outages to occur; it also makes it more difficult for crews working to restore power. Because of this, AEP says restoration will be a multiple-day effort. Restoration estimates cannot be accurately determined until crews can safely evaluate the extent of damage.

Some outside crews are traveling to aid in the effort, but COVID-19 makes it difficult to bring in these additional resources. AEP says they have precautions in place for keeping employees and customers safe during the process.

High winds that will continue into the day in some areas may cause more downed trees and power lines. AEP advises everyone to stay away from downed lines, even if they don't look live.

To stay updated on outages in the AEP service area and throughout Virginia, view the below outage maps:

The Virginia Department of Transportation has reported multiple instances of downed trees across our viewing area throughout the day. Before traveling, check with VDOT's

for road conditions in your area.

Stay with WDBJ7 for updates.

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