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Many Putnam Residents Without Electricity Will Have To Wait Until 9 P.M. Wednesday

Reported: Jan. 8, 2014 7:50 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 8, 2014 5:30 PM EST
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Bob Aaron, Jeff Morris) -- Thousands of Appalachian Power customers in Putnam County appeared to be in for a long wait Wednesday before their service would be restored.

The power company was able to connect some customers back to the circuit, but it appeared likely that two-thirds of the 3,500 customers without service would have to wait until 9 p.m. when a portable transformer would be brought in to provide power.

Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said a substation near Hurricane High School is down. Warming stations/shelters are set up at the YMCA in Teays Valley and the National Guard Armory in Eleanor.

If you do need a place to stay while the outages continue, you should call 304-586-0246.




HURRICANE, W.Va., (Bethany Simmons,Bob Aaron) - A massive power outage was affecting thousands of people Wednesday in Putnam County.

Appalachian Power reported that about 3,500 customers were without power as of about 8 a.m. Eyewitness News has learned it could take up to 4 p.m. to restore power.

Eyewitness News has learned a blown transformer apparently caused the outage.

Power company officials were hopeful that power would be restored by Wednesday afternoon.

The outage was causing some issues at a warming shelter set up at the Wave Pool Community Center at Valley Park in Hurricane. Officials reported they had a source for heat, but they had no electricity.

-- Photo by Bob Aaron shows sign on West Virginia Electric Supply that was closed due to power issues in Hurricane/Teays Valley



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