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Most Appalachian Power customers restored, but thousands still cold and in the dark

Appalachian Power

Appalachian Power crews are still working to restore power to thousands of customers between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, a combined total of about 5,800 Appalachian Power customers were still without electricity in Albemarle, Nelson, and Amherst counties. Spokesperson Teresa Hall said that has been the hardest hit of their service area since Monday's storm.

TERESA HALL: In some areas, the remote areas, our progress is slower, but we are getting there. We hope to have everyone restored, 95% at least, by Friday.

Hall said that about 48,000 of their Virginia customers lost power from the storm, about 80% of which have now been restored. But the National Weather Service has issued a new winter weather advisory for the area with the possibility of fresh snow Thursday evening.

HALL: It's on our radar, and we are watching it very closely. 

She said they have 600 workers out conducting repairs, including about 100 from Ohio who have come down to assist the restoration efforts.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.