Critical Infrastructure Disruption in USA on December 31 2017 07:52 PM (UTC).
As temperatures dip below freezing, thousands of Greenbrier County and Pocahontas County residents are without power. Greenbrier County 911 dispatchers said around 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, thousands of residents in Greenbrier and Pocahontas Counties completely lost power. Dispatchers said as of 1:40 p.m. on Dec. 31, 4,046 people are without power. This ranges from people living on Brush Road in Lewisburg, all the way across Pocahontas County. These residents are struggling to stay warm as they battle nearly an entire day without any heat. Some residents told 59 News they are seeking shelter at relative's houses due to the extreme cold temperatures. Emergency crews reported the cause of the widespread power outage is due to down substations. The Pocahontas County Homeland Security and Emergency Management said according to Mon Power's website, outages in Buckeye, Hillsboro and Marlinton should have been restored by 11:00 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017. The website then began delaying that time further and further. Dispatchers said the company estimated the power should be back on by 5:00 p.m. Dec. 31, 2017.