Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 31, 2012

Power out to at least 216,000 W.Va. customers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Utility crews are working to restore service to at least 216,000 customers in West Virginia.

Appalachian Power's website says there are 118,000 customers without electricity Wednesday, down from 154,000 on Tuesday.

Kanawha County has 30,000 customers out, compared with 50,000 on Tuesday. Other outages included 12,800 in Fayette County, 11,000 in Raleigh County and 10,000 in Boone County. The 2,181 outages in Roane County represent 94 percent of the utility's customers in that county.

FirstEnergy subsidiaries says 98,000 customers of Mon Power and Potomac Edison are without service, compared with 117,000 on Tuesday. At least 80 percent of customers are out in Barbour, Nicholas, Pendleton, Randolph, Tucker and Webster counties.

Appalachian Power and First Energy say transmission lines were damaged and there's no estimate on when power will be restored.

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