The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 29, 2012

Greenbrier, Monroe schools closing early today


— In anticipation of receiving a lashing from the convergence of Hurricane Sandy and a pair of winter weather systems — dubbed the “Frankenstorm” by weather wags — schools in Greenbrier and Monroe counties will close early today.

Greenbrier County schools will close two hours early, and Monroe schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Superintendents in both counties are taking a wait-and-see posture in deciding whether to cancel classes Tuesday.

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Also in Greenbrier County, Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity put out a call for volunteers Sunday afternoon, asking for assistance in securing building materials at the organization’s Summer Elms development in White Sulphur Springs. Volunteers were asked to report to the Tuckahoe Road build site this morning between 9 and 9:30, lured by the promise of homemade soup at work’s end.

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A part of the FirstEnergy corporate family, Mon Power, which serves a region that includes much of Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties, began mobilizing employees and “external resources” over the weekend in preparation for expected electrical service outages in the storm’s wake.

According to FirstEnergy’s website, the corporation’s advance preparation includes mobilizing more than 700 FirstEnergy linemen, hazard crews and internal support resources throughout the affected territory. In addition, the company has secured the services of approximately 500-600 electrical contractors for storm recovery work and has nearly 1,000 tree contractors on call.

To report an outage to Mon Power, either go online to www.firstenergycorp.com/reportoutage or call 888-544-4877. Downed lines may be reported to that same telephone number or to local police or fire departments.

To view a map of storm outages in West Virginia, go to outages.firstenergycorp.com/mdwv.html.

— Tina Alvey