Event Report

Deatils of Situation Update

Snow Storm in USA on Monday, 20 February, 2012 at 04:58 (04:58 AM) UTC.


Updated: Tuesday, 21 February, 2012 at 03:14 UTC
One day after snowfall knocked out power to more than 60,000 Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia and Virginia, the company is still working to restore power, spokesman Phil Moye said. Throughout the day Monday, new power outages were reported as tree limbs broke under the weight of the snow and as the snow melted, causing branches to hit power lines, Moye said. "We had a lot of new outages throughout the day," Moye said. "Essentially, in some areas the longer that heavy snow was there the more likely the limbs were to break." With the new outages, there were up to 63,000 power outages Monday -- almost as many as when the power outages peaked at 66,000 Sunday night, Moye said. At about 6:15 p.m. Monday, the number of outages was down to 35,000, he said.

The company hopes to have an even lower number of outages by Tuesday, he said. Mercer and Raleigh counties in West Virginia and Tazewell County in Virginia were the hardest hit by the storm, he said. "If you look at the [power outage map on the company's website] you'll see that the counties affected are those that border Virginia," he said. The company brought in 650 contract line workers to assist its employees with the power restoration. About 100 more contract line workers traveled to the hardest-hit areas to join local crews there and 80 other workers are assisting the company by assessing damages. "We were prepared because we could see the storm coming," Moye said. "That was one good thing about this storm. We could see it three or four days before and that allowed us to get people in here before then."