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Tri-State outages fall to nearly 4,000

Nov. 02, 2012 @ 03:15 PM

HUNTINGTON — American Electric Power reports the number of those without electricity has fallen to nearly 4,000 in the Tri-State.

The tally also has fallen statewide. Utility crews had restored electricity to approximately 41,000 between Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon, bringing the statewide total to approximately 95,000, according to AEP and FirstEnergy.

At 3 p.m., AEP reported electricity out to 4,043 customers. That includes 2,500 customers in Lincoln County; 886 in Putnam County; 403 in Wayne County; and 254 in Cabell County. Full restoration was being reported in Mason County.

FirstEnergy's website says that about 64,600 customers of Mon Power and Potomac Edison are without electricity. Nearly 24,000 of those are in Preston and Randolph counties, alone. The other hardest-hit counties include Barbour, Nicholas, Webster and Upshur.

AEP, meanwhile, says it’s down to fewer than 31,000 customers without power.

Mon Power has not said when service to its customers might be restored. AEP has said some customers might remain without power until Sunday night.

Locally, AEP hopes for 90 percent restoration by late Friday night in Wayne and Lincoln counties, along with Huntington and areas of western Cabell County.

Areas of Milton, eastern Cabell County and into Putnam County will have to wait until late Sunday night, according to the AEP website.