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AEP preparing for power outages

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Friday, Appalachian Power began making preparations for potential power outages that could occur Monday night into Tuesday from remnants of Hurricane Sandy.

AEP has secured over 350 workers from sister companies who will be moving into place on Monday. These workers will assist locally-based Appalachian Power employees should the storm cause widespread damage to electrical facilities.

Based on Sunday's forecast, the most serious threat to AEP is heavy, wet snow in the high mountain areas, including the coalfield counties of southern West Virginia and far southwestern Virginia. In addition, strong wind gusts could be problematic for many areas within AEP's service area.

"This weather combination will likely cause a major power outage event for us and we are preparing by staging crews in various areas in West Virginia and Virginia. At the same time, we encourage customers to have a plan in place for coping with extended, storm related power outages," said Phil Wright, vice president Distribution Operations.

Customers should prepare an emergency kit with flashlights and fresh batteries; battery-powered radios or televisions; candles, matches, or lighters; water for drinking and cooking; portable heater(oil or gas); camping equipment(sleeping bags, camp stoves, lanterns); canned goods and a manual can opener and manufacturers' instructions for power operated equipment such as the garage door. Customers should charge cell phones and have a mobile charger for their automobiles. More information can be found on in the section "Outages and Problems".