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WEATHER
The widely predicted thunderstorms that traveled over Appalachian Power territory last night and  this morning caused only minor power outages.

However, today additional unexpected storm cells developed over Ohio and moved across Appalachian Power territory this afternoon, causing widespread power outages. High winds were associated with these storms, with 68-70 mile an hour wind gusts recorded in the Roanoke area. The system is now moving out of Appalachian Power territory. Weather is expected to dry out and cool off for the next several days, which will aid in service restoration.

OUTAGES
As of 5 p.m., almost 125,000 Appalachian Power customers are without electric service, with 106,000 of those customers in Virginia and an additional 18,000 customers in West Virginia without power as a result of the storm.  

RESOURCES
More than 600 contract line workers have been requested to assist Appalachian Power crews and local contractors. More than 200 of these were previously secured and are moving into the hardest hit areas tonight and tomorrow morning. The remaining crews will set out tomorrow. In addition, as power is restored in West Virginia, our crews will move into Virginia to assist in restoration.

RESTORATION
Until assessors can provide a clearer picture of the amount of damage caused by the storm, we are unable to provide detailed restoration estimates with any degree of accuracy.

We will continue to provide information to you as the storm passes through our area and the restoration effort moves forward.

A "snapshot" view of current outages is available anytime at AppalachianPower.com. Go to the Outages and Problems section of the site and click "View Outage Map."

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