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Appalachian Power Working to Restore Power

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UPDATE 7:10 P.M.: 

Appalachian Power officials say it could be until July 7 before power is fully restored to customers. In Virginia, 218,000 of the company's half-million customers are without electric service

More than 50 substations are out of service because of damage to the company's transmission system.

Damage assessment specialists continue to assess damage to electrical facilities.

Line workers are clearing known safety hazards and working to repair outages that affect critical infrastructure, such as hospitals and water and sewer stations.

Appalachian Power restoration estimates are based on damage assessment and may change if significant new damage is discovered or additional storms cause further outages.

VIRGINIA:

Tuesday night, July 3 - Floyd County; Wednesday night, July 4 - Bland, Carroll, Giles, Grayson, Pulaski, Wythe counties; Thursday night, July 5 - portions of Bedford, Franklin, Henry and Pittsylvania counties; Friday night, July 6 - Albemarle, Nelson and Patrick counties; Saturday night, July 7 - Amherst County, as well as portions of Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell and Roanoke counties.

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Appalachian Power officials say almost 60 % of its customers are without electricity as a result of Friday night's windstorm. In Virginia, 234,000 of the company's 500,000 customers are without power. In West Virginia, 323,000 of its 500,000 users don't have power.

Company specialists are out assessing the damage across Appalachian Power's service area. They are gathering information in order to determine the level or resources needed to restore power and provide restoration estimates. At the same time, workers are clearing safety hazards and working to repair outages that are affecting a large number of customers.

Officials say more than 1,500 tree removal workers, damage assessment specialists, contractors and mechanic are working on the effort to restore power.

You can see current outages at Appalachian Power's website at any time.

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