Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 9, 2012

Recovery efforts suffer setback in W.Va.

— BECKLEY, W.Va. — While much of the country continues to suffer through a record-shattering summer heat wave, a deluge of rain, high winds and lightning only led to more misery in West Virginia.

More than 30,000 customers lost their power – many for the second time in a week – leaving some 300,000 families and businesses still in the dark across the state.

Ken Batty, meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Charleston, said preliminary data from the Raleigh County Airport measured wind gusts from Thursday’s storm at 46 miles-per-hour.

And while most streams and river levels are low and the area is in need of rain, he said, the National Weather Service has received several reports of water standing in roadways from poor drainage systems.

Although the most recent storm was a setback, numbers of outages are decreasing and additional line mechanics are being brought in daily.

Phil Moye said Appalachian Power’s storm recovery team added an additional 750 workers who just arrived from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky.

“This brings the restoration effort up to a workforce of 3,800,” he said.

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Details for this story were provided by The Register-Herald in Beckley, W,Va.

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