Appalachian Power is working to strategically stage contractors and employees in preparation for winter weather that meteorologists forecast could blanket parts of our Virginia and West Virginia service area with up to 3/4-inch of ice late tonight into Thursday morning.
Ice accumulations are expected tonight into Thursday mainly in Appalachian Power’s Virginia and southeastern West Virginia service areas.
The main areas of concern are Christiansburg and the Interstate 81 corridor between Wytheville and Blacksburg. About 3/4-inch of ice is forecasted for these areas, which could lead to significant outages.
Moderate icing (1/4-1/2-inch) is also likely in the Oak Hill, Beckley, and Bluefield areas of West Virginia and bordering areas in Virginia.
Contract crews are moving into locations where damage is most likely. These areas include Christiansburg, Wytheville and Roanoke in Virginia and Princeton and Beckley in West Virginia. These crews will be in place by this evening and ready to work as needed.
On Thursday, Appalachian Power line crews and assessors will be ready to move in from areas not expected to be impacted including: Huntington, Charleston and Wheeling in West Virginia, as well as Kingsport, Tennessee.
Neighboring crews from AEP Ohio and Kentucky Power are also on alert to assist as needed.
Ice storms can cause many downed trees and power lines. Customers should treat all downed lines as live power lines and stay away from them. Never touch downed power lines or sparking equipment. Keep children and pets away from fallen lines and anything the lines may touch.
Additional safety tips are posted HERE.
Customers who do not have power may check for updated restoration times and other information by:
• Going to the outage map at www.AppalachianPower.com/outagemap
• Downloading the Appalachian Power mobile app in Apple’s App Store or the Google Play store.
• Signing up for outage alerts at www.appalachianpower.com/account/alerts/
• Calling the Appalachian Power customer center at 1-800-956-4237