Power restored to 1500 customers in Shinnston following storm

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV)- According to the MonPower website, fewer than 5 customers in Shinnston were without power Tuesday night. For much of the day, though, downtown Shinnston was in the dark.

Crews spent hours working on Lucas Road, where a tree fell on power lines Tuesday morning, a day after heavy winds swept through the area.

"You got a tree that comes down and it pulls, breaks and damages the line," said Todd Meyers, a FirstEnergy spokesperson.

Speaking to 5 News Tuesday afternoon, Meyers pointed out that a substation, which feeds numerous lines to customers, is located nearby, magnifying the impact to customers.

"It's a pretty good sized line, though," Meyers said. "It's a double-circuited line, which means the tree didn't take out only one power line; it took out a set of power lines on the same poles."

About 1500 customers in Shinnston had no power for most of Tuesday. In the absence of working traffic lights, police stepped in to direct drivers. Many businesses in downtown Shinnston shut down, and Big Elm Elementary School dismissed early for the day.