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Number Of Appalachian Power Company, First Energy Customers Without Service Reduced

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris, Kaylin Searles
Also Contributing: Brandon Stover
Reported: Jul. 8, 2014 1:27 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 9, 2014 4:48 PM EDT
Photo submitted by Eyewitness News viewer Anessa Shaffer
Photo submitted by Eyewitness News viewer Anessa Shaffer

Roane , West Virginia

Thousands of West Virginians are still without power Wednesday due to storms that rolled through Tuesday evening.

Appalachian Power Company reported that it has reduced the amount of customers without power to 1,031.

First Energy reported that about 32,513 customers are currently without power.

Multiple counties in West Virginia are still affected by the power outages, including Clay, Jackson, Jefferson, Roane, Wood, Wirt and Kanawha.

Wood and Hampshire counties are currently suffering the most from the outages, totaling more than 6,800.

A day after storms rolled through West Virginia, Appalachia Power Company reported they reduced the number of customers without power to about 2,300.

The number of customers currently without power is much less than the 10,000 customers who were without power Tuesday evening due to the storm.

Several West Virginia counties are still affected by the power outages, including Jackson, Putnam, Kanawha, Fayette, Wyoming and Mingo.

More than 10,000 Appalachian Power customers were without power Tuesday evening after storms rolled through.

The power company said on its website at about 5:50 p.m. that Jackson County had the most customers without power, 4,192.

Other counties with customers without power are Wayne, 2,274; Kanawha, 1,861; Roane, 534; Putnam, 378; Mason, 247; and Fayette, 239.

A severe thunderstorm watch has expired for the region Tuesday, but there was still weather affecting some areas.

Gallia County, Ohio, was having some severe weather Tuesday afternoon, and it was pushing toward the mountains and could affect the eastern part of the state, including Pocahontas County.

Meanwhile, Charleston seemed to have been spared. Cross Lanes was experiencing some popup showers. Brief downpours are still possible in the area.

Strong storms were rolling through Putnam County in the Teays Valley area about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and were expected to move to St. Albans and then in to the Charleston area in the next 15 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, strong storms also already had hit Jackson County, affecting the Kenna and Ripley areas. Eyewitness News Meterologist Brandon Stover said the storms should head next to Roane County.

Stover said the storms could pack wind gusts of 50 mph, dime-size hail, dangerous lightning and heavy rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for multiple counties in West Virginia and Ohio through 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for multiple counties in the Eyewitness viewing area through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Multiple areas in West Virginia are under the watch, including Braxton, Calhoun, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties. In Ohio, several areas are under the watch including Athens, Gallia, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Morgan, Vinton and Washington counties.

Eyewitness News Meteorologist Brandon Stover said that so far conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in the vicinity north of Charleston, but the capital city could still see some severe weather.

Stover said with any thunderstorm there is a chance of severe damaging winds and large hail. Viewers in the watch area also could see dangerous lightning and torrential downpours.

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