Thousands without power in Southern West Virginia

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Thousands of people are without power throughout Southern West Virginia on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.  According to Appalachian Power, more than 50,000 customers across southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia are in the dark. 

Here is a breakdown of power outages in our viewing area: 

  • Bland, VA – 1,083
  • Fayette – 840
  • Greenbrier – 772
  • McDowell – 47
  • Mercer – 6,072
  • Monroe – 10
  • Raleigh – 8,515
  • Summers – 870
  • Tazewell, VA – 799
  • Wyoming – 181
  • Wythe, VA – 1,788

There are also some outages being reported by MonPower in Greenbrier, Summers and Monroe Counties.  That company is showing around 1,725 customers in the dark across West Virginia.  That includes 109 in the Alderson area and 175 between White Sulphur Springs and the Virginia border.

Here are tips on what to do during a power outage: 

• Avoid downed power lines and sparking equipment. Call your power company immediately. 

• Never remove debris within 10 feet of a downed power line.

• Unplug major appliances to protect them from a power surge when power comes back on.

• Leave a light turned on so you know when power is restored.

• Refuel heaters, lamps and generators outside. Stay away from any flames or spark. Wipe up fuel spills immediately.

• Never connect the generator’s electrical output to any live home or building electrical circuits. 

• Never operate lanterns, heaters or fuel-fired stoves without proper ventilation.

• Never burn charcoal indoors. It releases poisonous carbon monoxide.

• Prevent children from carrying candles or oil lamps. 

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