Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 3, 2012

APCO making progress, but thousands still without electricity

BLUEFIELD — Although crews with Appalachian Power are making progress, thousands across the region are still without electricity this morning.

According to the company, 8,877 customers in Mercer County are still without power; 7,365 in McDowell; 2,641 in Tazewell; 3,866 in Giles; 1,146 in Monroe; 381 in Buchanan; and 655 in Bland County.

The company says it is unlikely that all customers in the region will have their power back on by the Fourth of July. Some could go until Friday without electricity.

 Complicating restoration efforts was another powerful storm that rolled through the region late Sunday night with strong wind gusts that knocked out electricity to another 30,000 customers.

Appalachian Power has 2,100 additional workers on the ground charged with restoring service, according to Jeri Matheney, a spokesperson for Appalachian Power. The additional utility workers have come from as far away as Texas, Nebraska, Mississippi and Georgia.

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