The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 3, 2014

ApCo: Damages, outages from storm are minimal

A winter storm expected in some areas to bring up to one-half inch of ice followed by 4 to 8 inches of snow Sunday and Monday is now moving across Appalachian Power’s service area. The storm brought less ice accumulation than anticipated, and is producing snowfall that is not accumulating heavily on trees. As a result, damage and outages associated with the storm are minimal.

Appalachian Power employees put forth considerable effort through the weekend to ensure a state of preparedness for dealing with expected widespread outages.

Fortunately, the weather system was far less damaging than expected. The number of weather-related outages is small, and crews are being assigned to make repairs as outages arise. Crews brought in from outside the company’s service area are being released Monday.

As of 1 p.m. Monday, about 800 outages were being reported in Southern West Virginia. No outages were reported in Fayette, Greenbrier, Monroe, Nicholas Raleigh, Summers or Wyoming counties. The majority of outages were in Mercer County with a reported 519 customers without power.

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