Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 30, 2012

Halloween superstorm leaves thousands in the dark

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Four Seasons Country has been under assault from a combination of heavy, wet snow and some powerful winds that have knocked out power to more than 20,000 Appalachian Power Co., customers in the service area of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Electric and telephone service left hundreds of families in the dark in McDowell County, according to Welch Mayor Reba Honaker.

“We lost our power in Welch at 2:30 a.m.,” Honaker said. “We got 5 to 6 inches of snow, but the wind has been knocking trees down all over town. We have firefighters cutting trees off utility lines, but we have problems all over town.”

Bluefielders were greeted by about one foot of snow this morning.

Emergency responders were called out to a tanker truck roll-over in Mercer County on I-77 northbound this morning at about 9:45 a.m. While traffic was light, other wrecks were reported throughout the region.

“The only thing open at the courthouse is early voting,” a Mercer County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher said.

According to AEP’s storm and outage website, 20,610 customers in seven counties are without power this morning. In West Virginia, there are 2,910 customers in Mercer County without power, followed by  7,244 in Wyoming County and 4,563 in McDowell County. In Virginia, there are 4,819 in Tazewell County, 4417 in Buchanan County, 484 in Giles County and 592 in Bland County with power.