UPDATE: Crews Work to Restore Power

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UPDATE 7/10/2014 9:45 AM

Power outage update:

Mon Power:
Wood County - 1,717
Wirt County - 258
Jackson County - 565

American Electric Power:
Morgan County - 1,945

UPDATE 7/9/2014 9:45 PM

Power outage update:

Mon Power:
Wood County - 2,017
Wirt County - 259
Jackson County - 568
Pleasants County- 12

UPDATE 7/9/2014 5:00 PM

We talked to Mon Power Wednesday.

They say the storm did its damage throughout northern and central West Virginia.

It left 71,000 Mon Power customers without service.

Mon Power has restored electricity to about 38,000 of those customers.

Much of that outage is the result of fallen trees.

And restoring service to all of those customers is expected to take until the end of this week.

"You were particularly hard hit, and you had the most outages. At one point, there were about 16,000 customers out here. There's about 4,000 customers out now. Most of them are in Parkersburg. It's going to be because of the type and amount of damage here, we've got a lot of people back on, but there's more work to do here," says Todd Meyers, First Energy spokesman.

Meyers says First Energy's own weather forecasters call the storm a "classic squall line" and not a derecho.

In Ohio, American Electric Power expects all of its customers affected by the storm to have power restored by Wednesday night.

UPDATE 7/9/2014 4:20 PM

Power outage update:

Mon Power:
Wood County - 3,915
Wirt County - 393
Jackson County - 1,201

A message from AEP Ohio:

"AEP Ohio has restored service to over 97 percent of the customers affected by (Tuesday's) strong storm system in the Pomeroy, Gallipolis and Marietta areas. At the height of the storm, more than 11,800 customers lost power. As of 4 p.m. (Wednesday), approximately 190 customers remain without service. AEP Ohio expects all areas to be fully restored by 6 p.m.(Wednesday)."

UPDATE 7/9/2014 10:00 AM

Power outage update:

Mon Power:
Wood County - 5,770
Wirt County - 1,339
Jackson County - 1,204

A message from AEP:

"Severe weather, including strong winds and lightning, impacted southern Ohio communities yesterday resulting in damage to AEP Ohio's electrical facilities. Broken poles and debris into the lines caused more than11,800 customers to lose power. The hardest hit areas include Pomeroy, Gallipolis and Marietta. As of this morning, just under 800 customers remain without power. AEP Ohio crews and support personnel are working throughout the day to restore service. The company estimates that 90 percent of the customers affected in the Pomeroy and Gallipolis areas will be restored by 2 p.m. today and 100 percent by 6 p.m. Customers in the Marietta area who remain without power are expected to be fully restored by 3:30 p.m. today."

UPDATE 7/8/2014 11:45 PM

Power outage update:

Washington County: 120

Athens County: 303

Meigs County: 838

Wood County: 7,481

Pleasants County: 12

Jackson County: 1,700

Wirt County: 1,480

UPDATE 7/8/2014 9:10 PM

The American Red Cross in Parkersburg is establishing a shelter at South Parkersburg Baptist Church, 1655 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg.

The shelter is expected to open between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

The Red Cross also has teams out in the community distributing supplies and assessing damage.

Power outage update:

Washington County - 106
Athens County - 1,853
Meigs County - 2,878

Mon Power:
Wood County - 11,619

UPDATE 7/8/2014 3:45 PM

Power outage update:

Washington County: 2,267

Athens County: 2,413

Meigs County: 4,840

Wood County: 12,709

UPDATE 7/8/2014 3:30 PM

The Wood County 911 Center says there are large amounts of trees and power lines down and people should stay off the roads.

UPDATE 7/8/2014 3:20 PM

Wood County Commissioner Wayne Dunn says the courthouse is closed due to a power outage and it will remain closed the rest of the day.

UPDATE 7/8/2014 3:20 PM

Wood County 911 Center Director Rick Woodyard says lines are down in multiple locations throughout the county.

There are also multiple reports of trees blocking roads.

Crews are working on the situation.

UPDATE 7/8/2014 3:10 PM

Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell says those who don't absolutely need to be on city streets should stay off them for now.

Mayor Newell says trees fell in City Park and the park is closed.

A tree did fall on someone there, but the extent of injuries is unknown.

Power companies are reporting outages throughout the area.

AEP reports the following outages:
Washington County: 1,490
Athens County: 2,389
Meigs County: 3,795

Mon Power reports the following outages:
Wood County: 14,717

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