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Most of the Appalachian Power customers who remain without power will be restored within a few hours, the company said the afternoon of Nov. 5. It also said isolated areas where damage was most severe may not be restored until  Nov. 6. Parts of Fayette, Raleigh and Wyoming counties were still without power as of Nov. 5.

In a news release, the company also warned that following a large storm, its infrastructure can become compromised and new outages are possible in some areas because of wind, hanging limbs or other weather related issues. Customers should report all power outages immediately at AppalachianPower.com or 1-800-982-4237.

"In the final days of a large restoration effort, crews are usually handling many single outage cases and addressing new outages that occur related to storm damage. Crews will continue to clear up these outages until all work is complete," said Phil Wright, vice president distribution operations.

The company had more than 57 outages affecting only one customer. More than 350 line workers and 300 tree trimmers are working in areas where outages exist.

Company officials are preparing for the next step in the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.  Once crews complete restoration in Appalachian Power's territory, many will be shifted to heavily damaged areas in the North.

"Appalachian Power will assist other power companies who are working to restore power to millions of customers. They have come to our aid twice just this year, and we are returning the favor," Wright said.

Customer outages peaked at 182,000 on Tuesday, Oct. 30, with most of them occurring in West Virginia. Ninety-five percent of customers were restored by Sunday afternoon.

"We are grateful for the patience that our customers continue to show," Wright said. "Our crews were aided in their work by the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security and the West Virginia National Guard. We're very appreciative of the teamwork that has developed following these large storms," Wright said.

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.