The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 5, 2012

2,700 still without power in Nicholas; repairs to continue through weekend

Red Cross Christmas event benefits Sandy disaster relief

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — Power crews are still working to restore electricity after Superstorm Sandy hit the region, but the outage numbers are steadily trickling down.

Appalachian Power reported less than 200 outages in Raleigh County and under 300 in Fayette County Sunday night. Approximately 1,200 customers remain without power in Wyoming County.

One of the hardest hit areas, Nicholas County, still has more than 2,700 customers without power, according to Mon Power.

“Heavy snow hampered accessibility to even do a damage assessment,” spokesperson Patti Michel said. Some areas of Nicholas County received as much as 6 feet of snow.

“Most of the county is expected to have restoration by midnight Friday,” Michel said. “Restoration for customers in heavily damaged areas may continue into next weekend.”

Although weather for today and Tuesday is expected to be mild, with temperatures reaching the lower 50s Tuesday, midweek could bring another burst of snow.

Meteorologist Greg Guillot with the National Weather Service in Charleston said there is a 50 percent chance of precipitation Wednesday.

Snow is expected Wednesday morning and a rain/snow mix by midday.

Guillot said the storm is expected to remain east of our area, so the potential precipitation should not have a huge impact on power restoration efforts.

Mon Power representatives are watching the weather closely, Michel said, and they will plan accordingly to continue with power restoration.

For the latest information, visit www.firstenergycorp.com for estimated restoration times.

Michel said if a neighbor has power, but you still do not, please call 1-888-544-4877 and report your outage again.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com