Power restored across Athens, Meigs counties

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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - UPDATE: 11/1/2017 3:26 A.M.

Power has been restored across Athens and Meigs counties following an outage that began about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

As many as 9,000 customers were without power this afternoon in the two counties as AEP Ohio crews worked to fix the problem.


UPDATE: 11/1/2017 2:35 P.M.

More than 9,000 customers in Athens and Meigs counties are without power this afternoon as utility crews work to correct a problem that began around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The initial outage left more than 10,000 customers in Jackson County without power, but nearly all of those were back online by noon.

At that time, more than 3,100 customers were still without power in Athens and Meigs counties.

However, that number nearly tripled Wednesday afternoon, and there's no estimate for when the problem will be corrected.

AEP Ohio spokesman Phil Moye says an unidentified problem with a transmission line caused the outage Wednesday morning.

He says it escalated because a transmission structure in Megis County that would have served as a backup was taken offline on Oct. 30 so it could be replaced.

When crews attempted to switch to a second backup transmission line, Moye says a breaker on that line failed.

He says crews have been working to replace that breaker.


UPDATE: 11/1/2017 11:55 A.M.

Appalachian Power crews have restored service to all of its nearly 10,000 customers in Jackson County who lost power about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

AEP Ohio crews are still working to restore service to about 3,100 customers in Athens and Meigs counties in Ohio.

At the height of the outage, about 14,000 of the utilities' customers in the three counties were without electricity.


UPDATE: 11/1/2017 11 A.M.

Power has been restored to all but about 3,700 customers in Jackson County,W.Va., and Athens and Meigs counties in Ohio, after a large outage early Wednesday morning.

According to the Appalachian Power website, about 500 remaining customers in Jackson County are expected to back online by about 12:30 p.m.

Roughly 3,200 AEP Ohio customers in Athens and Meigs counties remain without power because of the outage. AEP Ohio says service in those areas is expected to be restored by noon on Wednesday.

Nearly 14,000 customers in West Virginia and Ohio were without power at the height of the outage.


UPDATE: 11/1/2017 9:30 A.M.

Utility crews are working to restore power across several West Virginia and Ohio counties following an outage affecting nearly 14,000 customers.

Most of the outage occurred in Jackson County, where more than 10,000 of Appalachian Power Company's nearly 14,000 customers lost power about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

AEP Ohio spokesman Phil Moye says several things contributed to the outage.

He's says the outage occurred after an unidentified problem with a transmission line.

Moye says the outage escalated because a transmission structure in Meigs County that would have served as a backup was taken offline on Oct. 30 so it could be replaced.

When crews attempted to switch to a second backup transmission line, Moye says a breaker on that line failed.

Crews are currently replacing that breaker, and Moye says service should be restored "within the hour."

Some customers in Jackson County say their service has already been restored.

"It's very unusual to have both of the backups not be available," Moye said.

As a result of the outage schools were closed today in Jackson County,

In Ohio, where nearly 3,300 customers in Athens and Meigs counties lost power about 6 a.m. Wednesday, Eastern Local and Meigs county schools are closed Wednesday. Federal Hocking schools and Coolville Elementary School in Athens County were placed on a two-hour delay because of the outage.


UPDATE: 11/1/2017

Power outages affecting nearly 14,000 Appalachian Power and AEP Ohio customers have prompted numerous school closings.

The largest outage is in Jackson County, where Appalachian Power's website shows more than 10,000 of the utility's nearly 14,000 customers have been without electricity since about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Schools in Jackson County are closed Wednesday.

Elsewhere in W.Va., scattered power outages are also occurring in parts of Cabell, Putnam, Kanawha and Mason counties, according to Appalachian Power's website.

Appalachian Power estimates power will be restored about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In Ohio, about 2,400 AEP customers in Athens County and nearly 900 in Meigs County lost power about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

As a result, Eastern Local and Meigs Local school districts are closed today. In Athens County, Federal Hocking Schools and Coolville Elementary School are operating on a two-hour delay.

AEP says on its website that power is expected to be restored by 10:30 a.m.

So far, there's no word on what caused any of the outages.


ORIGINAL STORY: 11/1/2017

A widespread power outage is affecting a large section of Jackson County, and schools are closed for the day.

According to Appalachian Power's website, about 10,000 of the utility's nearly 14,000 customers in Jackson County are without electricity. The estimated restoration time is 12:30 p.m.

The power went off at about 6 a.m. Wednesday.

There is no word on what caused the outage.