UPDATE (1:33 p.m.) According to Appalachian Power, employees and contract workers are still working to assess damage after heavy wind, rain and lightning on Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
Director of Communications, Phil Moye, says that about 73,000 customers were left without power at the height of the storm and that the majority of them are in the Charleston, Huntington and Wheeling areas of West Virginia.
He says that Tuesday’s high temperatures are a cause for concern for both restoration workers and for customers.
Currently, there are 1,300 places where crews will need to make repairs, and more than 500 line workers and assessors and 600 tree crews are working on restoration. Moye says that Appalachian Power has requested 400 more workers to help with repairs.
No restoration estimate was given for the entire affected area, but individual outage restoration estimates can be found on Appalachian Power’s outage map.
Another update will be available at 5:00 p.m.
UPDATE (1:25 p.m.) 55,775 Appalachian Power customers are still without power.
UPDATE (11:40 a.m.) 61,488 customers are currently without power.
UPDATE (10:19 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14): The total number of customers without power is now 68,661.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK)—As of 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, more than 74,000 Appalachian Power customers are without power.
The timing of these outages could prove dangerous for many residents in the Tri-State as temperatures are expected to reach as high as 106 degrees in the area.
13 News will continue to update this story with updates on when power will be restored.
In the meantime, below is a running list of cooling centers available in the area, which we will update throughout the day:
Kanawha Dreamers Family Resource Center—1401 4th Ave on Charleston’s West Side—10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
West Side Volunteer Fire Department — until 8:00 p.m.
South Charleston Rec Center — until 8:00 p.m.
Winfield Community Center — 178 Second St., Winfield, WV 25213 — 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The City of Ripley says they are waiting to see how much need there is for cooling stations in the community. If you are in the Jackson County area and need access to a cooling station, call 304-373-2208 or 304-373-2278.
Cora Volunteer Fire Department — 28 Alderich Branch Rd., Logan, WV — Starts at 1:00 p.m.