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Widespread power outages put thousands of residents in the dark in West Virginia and Virginia.  Most of these outages were caused by strong winds that whipped through the region.  The WVVA studio in Bluefield was also without power for several hours.   By midnight, some areas had power restored.  Still, thousands were without power throughout the entire night.  The outages span across Central and Southern West Virginia as well as Southwestern Virginia.  American Electric Power officials estimate about 20% of its West Virginia customers were without power.  As of this morning, 18% were still in the dark.  In Virginia, that figure was 2% but has since dropped to 1.3%.

At one point, American Electric Power estimated that nearly 10,000 customers in Mercer County were affected.  This morning, that number is down to 4,500. 

Another 1,242 customers were without power in Tazewell County.  The AEP website says that number now stands at 140.  Buchanan County lists 250 customers still without power.

Still, more than 2,300 AEP customers are without power in McDowell County.  The number of Wyoming County customers affected is more than 1,100.  Raleigh County shows more than 2,100, Fayette County has nearly 3,200 affected customers and Greenbrier County lists 500.

For Bland County the number has fallen from nearly 1,100 customers to 120.  Summers County has 145 customers affected and Monroe County lists 312.

AEP spokesperson Phil Moye says they're working to restore power to all of AEP's customers as quickly as possible.

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