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By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

Appalachian Power Co. has secured over 600 contract workers to help restore power to thousands of customers who lost service in storms Wednesday night and Thursday.

Around 2,400 Pulaski County customers lost power as the storms passed through around mid-afternoon. By this morning, 790 continued to be without service. APCo officials were not prepared to say how long it would take to have all power restored.

“Until assessors can provide a clearer picture of the amount of damage caused by the storm, we are unable to provide detailed restoration estimates with any degree of accuracy,” stated a storm report posted on a company website Thursday evening. The next update is expected at noon today.

According to Appalachian, almost 125,000 customers lost power in Virginia and West Virginia, with the majority, 106,000, being in Virginia. The company said 70-mile-per-hour winds were recorded in Roanoke.

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