Power outages mount as damaging winds expected to continue into weekend

  • Power outages mount as damaging winds expected to continue into weekend

Power outages mount as damaging winds expected to continue into weekend

For now, crews are focusing on emergencies reported by local emergency communication centers and damage to larger lines that power substations and whole communities.

While the storm could cause outages across the company's entire West Virginia service area, the greatest potential for widespread outages is in Wheeling's service territory. Another 3,200 customers in Roanoke don't have power. He said that as long as the wind continued to be parallel to the runways, the airport would see operations as scheduled to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport and O'Hare International Airport.

A high wind warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday.

According to Appalachian Power, more than 1,000 workers are working to restore power in the area. "This will hamper the fix of power lines and tree removal".

Virginia Beach officials also warned residents to watch out for fallen trees, and to report debris that may fall on the roads due to the wind. Crews made repairs to ensure it maintained its upright position.

Power companies and rescue workers are struggling to keep up with trees falling onto houses and taking down power lines.

Winds are expected to continue into Sunday, the service predicts.

"We cannont safely make repairs while trees and limbs are still falling, or work from buckets or on poles while wind guts are still dangerously high", said Wright.

At 11 a.m., Dominion Energy reported 182,000 customers in Northern Virginia were without power, including almost 100,000 in Fairfax County, 16,000 in Loudoun and Stafford counties and 8,200 in Prince William County. In the Pulaski, Wytheville and Glen Lyn service center areas, power is expected to be restored by late Saturday night.