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Thousands of customers still without electricity

December 18, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS and ASHLEY HARTMAN

TRI-STATE - More than 2,000 Allegheny Power customers in the Tri-State area remained without power at 10 p.m. Monday, according to the company's online Outage Management System.

It might take until Thursday night for crews to address all of the outages, which were caused by hundreds of cases of downed branches and power lines during strong winds Sunday, Allegheny Power spokesman David Neurohr said.

In Washington County, about 270 customers remained without power, and there were more than 25 separate problem spots to address in Smithsburg alone. It could take until 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to restore everyone in the county, according to the site.

Some of the remaining outages are in remote wooded areas, where crews must clear trees to safely access the problem, Neurohr said.

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"Our crews are working as quickly and safely as they possibly can," Neurohr said. "It's just a challenge because of the nature of this storm, with the initial icing followed immediately by the extensive winds."

The most outages were in Franklin County, Pa., where more than 1,400 customers remained without power and crews had more than 100 individual problems to address, Neurohr said.

Portions of Blue Ridge Summit, Fayetteville and South Mountain in Franklin County still had hundreds of customers without power Monday night, according to the web site.

Neurohr said some customers might not have their power back in Franklin County before Wednesday.

The Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue Squad's shelter remained open Monday evening for those experiencing power outages, rescue lieutenant Adam Flood said.

In Morgan County, W.Va., power has been restored to most customers who were without it Monday morning, but outages continued for about 360 customers, many of whom were in Great Cacapon and Berkeley Springs. Those could take until Thursday night to address, according to Allegheny's site.

In Berkeley County, W.Va., about 142 customers remained without power Monday night, with problems scattered throughout Hedgesville. All of those should be resolved by 8 p.m. today, according to the site.

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