Power outages in Wayne County last several hours
WAYNE -- Strong winds knocked out electricity to more than 7,000 Appalachian Power customers in Wayne County on Wednesday, prompting early dismissals for 11 schools.
Reports of power outages started about noon around Wayne and Lavalette. Just a short time later, power outages spread to Kenova.
The schools that dismissed early were Wayne Elementary, Wayne Middle, Wayne High, Genoa Elementary, East Lynn Elementary, Lavalette Elementary, Kenova Elementary, Ceredo Elementary, Ceredo-Kenova Middle, Kellogg Elementary and Vinson Middle.
Several businesses also closed because of the power outage, including the Cabell Huntington Hospital Family Medical Center at Kenova.
Phil Moye, spokesman for Appalachian Power, said the outages were caused by substations not properly working in Lavalette, Kenova and Wayne.
"Most outages are customers affected by transmission line or substation problems," Moye said. "The good thing is we can make a repair and get thousands back on at one time. Often in a storm with that many people out of power, you have hundreds of places you have to fix something, but we had fewer than 20 problems that accounted for 90 percent of our total outages. Each of those outages affected a large number of customers."
By 5 p.m., 3,907 power outages were reported and Moye said power would be restored in Wayne County by nighttime. As of 8 p.m., no power outages were reported in Wayne County, according to the Appalachian Power website.
In Cabell County, about 100 customers were without power until late Wednesday. Moye said there were originally 1,100 power outages because of a broken utility pole.
He said the power company is focusing on mostly small weather-related issues and is preparing for minor power outages on Thursday.
Bill Rosenberger, communications director for Wayne County Schools, encouraged parents and teachers to stay alert for potential school closings Thursday as the power is restored and as a predicted storm runs its course in the area.
He said school officials will factor power restoration and the weather in determining whether schools will be open Thursday.
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