Appalachian Power Warns Of Potential Power Outages

posted by Steve - 

This evening and tonight, the remnants of Tropical Storm Florence are  expected to bring high sustained winds and gusts of up to 40 mph in  elevations above 2,500 feet, particularly in southern Virginia. Also in  southern Virginia 4-10” of rainfall is expected to cause flooding, even  in rivers away from the heaviest rainfall. The heaviest periods of rain  are expected tonight. Some landslides in the mountains cannot be ruled  out. Soft soils and weakened tree roots will mean even wind gusts of 30-40 mph could lead to more issues than usual.

  Our employees and contractors remain prepared to move into areas that  may experience damage and outages from Florence. The company’s response  plan includes the availability of storm restoration workers from outside  the company’s service area if needed, and contingency planning for  facilities in areas where flooding issues may arise.

 We’re also  monitoring changing forecasts of storm impacts on our 6 hydroelectric  dams on the New and Roanoke rivers in Virginia. Targeted drawdowns of  the reservoirs at Claytor, Buck, Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes were  completed Thursday and Hydro Operations continues to adjust levels as  needed. The New River could see predicted major flooding by Monday  morning. Riverside residents, campers and businesses should be vigilant  by monitoring and heeding weather service and law enforcement warnings.

  Flooding and high winds are of concern with this storm because they  could hamper our ability to respond. We will provide more updates as the  storm progresses.

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