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Bad Weather Threatens Power Outages

Reported: Feb. 14, 2014 9:26 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 14, 2014 11:44 PM EST
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ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- On Thursday, Kanawha County and the surrounding counties battled snow and the fight was against the roads.

On Friday, with more snow and rain on the way, the fight is against the roads and the power lines. The two combined earlier today to knock out power to more than 2,000 people in Roane County when a car took out a power pole.

But those who live in the area say they're used to living in the dark and they're worried more bad weather could bring on more problems.

"Seems like every time the wind blows, there's a power outage," said Vince Parsons of Roane County.

And lights were out yet again in Parsons' area. On Friday, more than 2,000 Appalachian Power customers were in the dark.

Many living in the area said it's a regular occurrence and the power company has tried to fix it in the past.

"They have come through and cut the rightaways, it's helped some," said Parsons. "But the power was out it was all day so I've got a generator."

The power lines going to Parsons' home are all surrounded by trees. And all it takes is a little wind to down trees in already wet ground. And Parsons said that happens around his area often.

So to keep the lights on and out of the cold, Parsons bought a generator. A purchase he thinks will come in handy as Friday's late night storm rolls through.

"It'll be pretty bad because if the wind picks up and the grounds real wet, the power will go out probably."

But AEP is hoping that's not the story.

"The type of storm that really gets us in the winter time is a heavy wet snow and this snow looks like it could be wet. Fortunately it's not going to be too deep," said Phil Moye with AEP.

Power company officials plan to anticipate some problems, but not widespread problems with Friday's storm.

Whether the lights stay on or off, Parsons says Roane County can handle whatever happens.

"They will stay warm. People survive out here. They'll have enough blankets and neighbors will help them out but we'll survive."

If you experience any outages and need to report one, you can call 1-800-982-4237.



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