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Several Thousand Face Power Outages As Temperature Drops

Reported: Jan. 6, 2014 11:15 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With dangerous cold temperatures on the way, several thousand West Virginia customers were without electricity on Monday morning.

Appalachian Power reported there were 3,656 customers without power as of 10 a.m. Counties with outages were Kanawha, 1,278; Putnam, 1,079; Cabell, 176; Fayette, 160; Lincoln, 600; Mingo, 115; and Wayne, 252.

In Putnam County, the town of Winfield has been without power since midnight. The 911 Center was operating on a generator.

To see a list of current outages, visit the power company’s website here

The power issues are occurring at a time when brutal cold temperatures are hitting the area. Eyewitness News Meteorologist Doug Harlow said temperatures would top into the single digits Monday afternoon.
But the real cold danger comes this evening and into Tuesday.

Harlow said the wind chills Monday night in the valleys would be -20 to -30, and the wind chills in the mountains would be an estimated -25 to -35. The last time winter chills that low were experienced was January 1994. A wind chill warning is in effect from 4 p.m. Monday through 3 p.m. Tuesday. Meanwhile, the temperature overnight and into the morning also is expected to drop to -5; the record is -3.

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