Thousands of Southwest Virginians were without power after a weekend ice storms damaged tree limbs and felled power lines.
Appalachian Power Co. said it could take until late Wednesday for some customers in Virginia to get electricity back after a double-punch of freezing rain that began Thursday.
East of the Blue Ridge Mountains the situation was even worse, particularly southwest of the Richmond metro area. In Virginia as a whole, 147,910 customers were without power as of Monday morning, according to PowerOutage.us. That includes customers of Appalachian Power, Dominion Energy and many electric cooperatives serving rural communities in Southside.
Franklin, Bedford and Pittsylvania counties were each hit hard by the storm. In Franklin County more than 20% of Appalachian Power customers were without power following the weekend storm.
Monday morning, 5,518 homes and businesses were still without power in Franklin County. In Bedford County 4,172 were still without power. Pittsylvania County had 12,349 homes and businesses without power.
Appalachian Power expects most of its customers to have power restored by Wednesday evening.
“In Virginia ice damage through the day Saturday left a peak of 42,000 customers without service, mostly in areas east of Interstate 77 and south of Interstate 81,” the company said in an emailed statement Sunday afternoon. “More than 100 workers from outside the company’s service area, as well as workers who moved in from unaffected areas of Virginia, are assisting local crews with service restoration for the 21,400 customers currently without electric service.”
The company said it had more than 2,000 workers from multiple states out restoring power.