April 16, 2018 @ 12:51 p.m. - Appalachian Power employees are in the field and continuing to access the damage from last night's weather event.
Employees began their assessment work last night and will continue throughout the day. So far, reports of damaged electrical wire, broken power poles and cross arms caused by heavy rain, high winds, downed trees and other wind blown debris have been noted.
At the height of the storm, approximately 20,000 customers were without electric service. Currently 15,200 customers are without power in the Virginia service area. Of that, approximately 14,000 are in Lynchburg, Amherst and Campbell County.
"Appalachian Power is continuing to access damage at this time," says Appalachian Power spokeswoman, Teresa Hamilton Hall. "Approximately 30 contract crews will assist Appalachian Power employees with restoration work with the majority of these workers dedicated to the Lynchburg area."
With the exception of areas with extreme an/or isolated damage, the goal is to restore power by midnight Wednesday to customers in Lynchburg, Amherst and Campbell County. In the Lovingston area, the goal is Tuesday, 6 p.m. For all other areas, restoration is expected by midnight tonight.
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