Area Power Outages Expected to Last Until Next Week
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 02, 2012 @ 5:17PM
Created on October 31, 2012 @ 5:57PM
Most of the main roads were cleared on Wednesday in Randolph County, making it seem like things were starting to return to normal after storms the past few days.
But, that wasn't the case. Almost the entire county is still without power, forcing some to seek shelter.
"Outside of my house right now, there's probably 18 inches to two feet of snow. There's no power anywhere in my neighborhood," said Roger Shuman of Elkins.
Power isn't expected to be back on until late this week or early next week.
While this is taking some time, it's not because power companies aren't working around the clock.
"The difficulty has been because of the inclement weather, we have not been able to get our helicopters out and flying to really check the transmission lines, which is where we're seeing a lot of challenges for that restoration to take place," said Patty Michel, a Mon Power spokesperson.
With more than 100,000 people without power in the state, Mon Power officials hope the worst weather is behind us.
That'll allow crews to get to more areas that they can't right now.
"We are looking right now for the majority of customers restored by early next week. Those customers that are in remote areas or have challenging repairs to be made, middle of next week," said Michel.
"I don't know when they'll be turning it back on. They're doing what they can to try to get the electric people to be able to work in safe conditions, but I'm just hoping power can get on as soon as possible because I'd hate to see anyone do without food and stuff," said Shuman.
If your power is out report it to First Energy:
By Phone: 888-544-4877
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