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Several Wake Up To Cold Homes

Reported by: Send eMail Katy Brown
Videographer: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 15, 2013 6:34 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 15, 2013 7:17 PM EST

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St. Albans , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Cy Young was one of nearly 700 people in Kanawha County who woke up to a cold house, dark Christmas lights and no power.

"It's cold," Young said about the temperature inside his home. "It's 55 degrees. I checked my thermometer."

AEP crews said the power went out in the Lakewood Area of St. Albans around 5 a.m. Sunday when temperatures were about 36 degrees.

When the lights came back on around 1 p.m., temperatures had dropped to around 31 degrees outside.

But as the crews worked to get the power back on, people were stuck inside to make the best out of a cold day without electricity.

"I got some oil lamps and they give off a little bit of heat," Young said. "I thought I'd build a fire and chose not to because that would just suck the cold air in -- by building an open fire. But I will if I have to."

Power outages are pretty common this time of year.

Phil Moye with AEP said a downed tree was the reason for Sunday's outage.

And because of the recent rains, the ground is weak and that can cause trees to fall and sometimes-- take a power line down with them.

People here realize there's not much you can do about those circumstances, so they find ways to beat the cold.

Young suggested getting "some warm food in your body so you can stay warm."

And just in case your power goes out, here's a couple things to remember:

-Stay away from down trees
-Trim trees near your home

-Unplug major appliances

-Leave a light plugged in and turned on so you'll know when the power is restored




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