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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.
With power expected to be out for several more days, most people said they'll just stick it out until the worst is over. 
"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
Twitter: @monpowerwv

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Comments (2)
Nov 03, 2012 at 9:13 AM
In my part of Preston County we had our share of snow although nothing like the higher elevations had. We were hit VERY hard with downed trees across the road and power poles with transformers laying beside the road. Our extremely dedicated volunteer fire men were the ones out all night and day clearing the trees out. I have no complaint against the power company doing their job currently to get our power back on, but I do think they should be shelling out money to the tree trimmers to get the trees cut away from the lines and a lot, not all, of this power-less problem would be solved. I DO wonder about the DOH though. The roads are now clear enough for traffic, although some places are very dangerous if you meet another vehicle, because there is still debris very close and sometimes extending onto the road. Whose responsibility is it to get the remaining limbs further off the road to make it safe? Not sure, but I would think it would be the DOH. The main roads are clear of snow and I have not seen a DOH truck. They are at least being paid for their hours--the VFDs have to practically beg for their funds for gasoline, truck maintenance, safety gear, etc.
Nov 01, 2012 at 2:13 PM
You know I am so sick of how the media has been talking about Randolph county. They got a lil snow but nothing like tucker county. How about sending a news crew up there......Oh that's right you can't get up there cuz of all the trees down and the roads being completely shut down. How about some fair coverage. People are in really bad shape there
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