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High winds cut power to 1,500

“We really dodged a bullet with this storm,” an Appalachian Power Company spokesman said of high winds that moved into the area Wednesday evening.
Todd Burns said no more than 1,500 customers were without power in the Pulaski County area Wednesday night.
As of 7 a.m. all of those outages had been restored, but by 9 a.m. new outages had left just over 200 customers without power.
Burns said the brunt of the windstorm was felt in Ohio, West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. As of this morning, a total of 85,000 American Electric Power customers were without power, but the large majority of them were in West Virginia, according to Burns. Appalachian Power is a division of AEP.
In Ohio, 125,000 customers were without power and in Eastern Kentucky, the outages were affecting 40,000 customers.

Burns said the areas that were hardest hit, unfortunately, were the same areas hit with widespread outages caused by ice storms two weeks ago. Many had not had their power restored for long before it is out once again.
“So far, it’s been a busy winter,” Burns said.
He said the even though Southwest Virginia didn’t have as many outages as it could have, “high winds are very dangerous. This should serve as a reminder to everyone to a plan and emergency supplies ready.”
Besides trees and limbs falling on power lines, Burns said another common cause of power outages during high winds is lines blowing together and causing fuses to fail.

A high wind warning remains in effect for Pulaski County through midnight tonight. The National Weather Service is calling for sustained winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour and gusts up to 65 miles per hour through tonight. Gusts up to 45 miles per hour could continue Friday morning.
According to Associated Press, Dominion Power reported about 400 outages in Northern Virginia.

Baltimore (Maryland) Gas and Electric was reporting outages at more than 16,100 homes and businesses in its service area around 8 a.m. this morning. About 800 outages were reported in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland, but none in Washington, D.C.

High winds cut power to 1,500

“We really dodged a bullet with this storm,” an Appalachian Power Company spokesman said of high winds that moved into the area Wednesday evening.
Todd Burns said no more than 1,500 customers were without power in the Pulaski County area Wednesday night.
As of 7 a.m. all of those outages had been restored, but by 9 a.m. new outages had left just over 200 customers without power.
Burns said the brunt of the windstorm was felt in Ohio, West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. As of this morning, a total of 85,000 American Electric Power customers were without power, but the large majority of them were in West Virginia, according to Burns. Appalachian Power is a division of AEP.
In Ohio, 125,000 customers were without power and in Eastern Kentucky, the outages were affecting 40,000 customers.

Burns said the areas that were hardest hit, unfortunately, were the same areas hit with widespread outages caused by ice storms two weeks ago. Many had not had their power restored for long before it is out once again.
“So far, it’s been a busy winter,” Burns said.
He said the even though Southwest Virginia didn’t have as many outages as it could have, “high winds are very dangerous. This should serve as a reminder to everyone to a plan and emergency supplies ready.”
Besides trees and limbs falling on power lines, Burns said another common cause of power outages during high winds is lines blowing together and causing fuses to fail.

A high wind warning remains in effect for Pulaski County through midnight tonight. The National Weather Service is calling for sustained winds of 20 to 35 miles per hour and gusts up to 65 miles per hour through tonight. Gusts up to 45 miles per hour could continue Friday morning.
According to Associated Press, Dominion Power reported about 400 outages in Northern Virginia.

Baltimore (Maryland) Gas and Electric was reporting outages at more than 16,100 homes and businesses in its service area around 8 a.m. this morning. About 800 outages were reported in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in Maryland, but none in Washington, D.C.