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Tree causes power outages for thousands of people in Kanawha County

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The lights are back on in Kanawha County after gusty winds caused problems for thousands of people.

Early Wednesday morning, a tree smashed onto power lines on Old Frame Road in Elkview.

The incident caused more than 2,200 Appalachian Power customers to be without power for hours.

Bill Young was staying at the Elkview Inn and Suites. He woke up without power and went to McDonald's to get some breakfast.

"I went around by the drive-thru, not thinking I could walk in, and of course, with the power being down, the windows won't operate," he said.

The Go-Mart gas station pumps were also out of service, along with the Burger King and other restaurants in the area.

People said these outages seem to happen more often than not.

"I don't understand it. They've been working on these poles and don't know what the problem is," said Roger Crowder.

Power was completely restored shortly after crews showed up to remove the tree from the lines.

Officials said it's not uncommon for high winds to knock trees over.