CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It could be well into the weekend before power is fully restored in parts of West Virginia following the storms that crossed the state late Halloween night to close out October.

“Some folks were woken up by the wind and others slept right through it,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Batty.  “The sign of what was coming was actually that mild Halloween evening.”

According to the NWS, temperatures were in the 60s for trick or treating in some areas.

At airport locations, Batty said wind gusts were clocked, late Thursday into early Friday, at 66 mph in Clarksburg, 62 mph in Huntington, 61 mph in Parkersburg, 50 mph in Charleston, 47 mph in Morgantown and 49 mph in Wheeling.

Those high winds took down trees and power lines throughout the state.

On Friday morning, Phil Moye, Appalachian Power spokesperson, said crews were working to restore power to more than 27,000 homes and businesses.  The majority of those outages were in Cabell, Wayne and Lincoln counties

“It’s wind damage.  We didn’t have a tremendous amount of rain with it, but we did have the wind damage and tree contact, trees falling over onto lines.  That’s the type of damage that we’re seeing,” said Moye.  “It’s a lot of wire down, that sort of thing, so it’s work that we can get done and get our customers back on pretty quickly.”

Moye said most of Appalachian Power’s outages would likely be fixed by the end of the day on Friday, but some restoration work would continue into the weekend.

In northern West Virginia, 25,000 outages for customers of Mon Power and Potomac Edison, at the height of the storm, had been cut down to 12,000 as of midday Friday.  Todd Meyers, the spokesperson for First Energy which is the parent company of the two subsidiaries, estimated it would be Sunday before repair work was completely finished.

“We’re trying to pull that back in a little bit,” said Meyers.  “As more First Energy crews from sister utilities in Ohio are available to come across, from the west, they should be streaming in and able to help.”

For First Energy, the power outages were heaviest in Monongalia, Preston, Barbour and Wetzel counties.

Those outages forced delays and closures for some schools in West Virginia.

Moye said it could be worse.  “I don’t imagine this is going to be anything near what we were facing last year on this day,” he said, referring to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 that left parts of the Mountain State under feet of snow.

As of 10 p.m. Friday, Appalachian Power was reporting 3,707 total customers without power. Cabell County had 1,571 of those outages and Wayne County had 2,136. Mon Power had their numbers down to 2,795.

After cooler temperatures this weekend, Batty said warmer temperatures were expected to return next week.  “We might have another spell of Indian summer,” he said on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

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Comments

  • utility

    Mon Power/First Energy representatives told us it is easier and much cheaper to take the chance to clean up after storms rather than be proactive and properly maintain the power lines before any storms. In other words, there will be NO maintenance; just clean up if and when lines come down.

  • Jane

    I was ready to salute Mon Power for cleaning out trees. In our area if Taylor County they did a fine job. Thanks to them,

  • Larry

    The general public also deserves a lot of the blame for these power outages , there are a lot of uneducated people who plant incompatible trees beneath overhead power lines, or allow these trees to grow there, then refuse to allow the utility companies to remove them when they become a problem.

  • leroy jethro gibbs

    i sure miss the sub zero winters of the
    1970's

  • tom wv

    Global warming... Good Grief. Now the way I see it is... if it is a bad winter than it's because of global warming.. Now if we have a mild winter... Gotta be global warming. Maybe it wasn't all George Bushes fault. It was global warming. Nah..
    ... Libs won't buy that one..

    • wvtd

      global warming is real! every spring and summer of every year it seems to get warmer and warmer from just a few months before. then global cooling sets in around october just like clockwork.

    • Hillbilly

      Blame it on el nino!

      • Joe

        Does that Barbra Steisand have anything to do with global warming?!

  • WV Patriot

    We need to get everyone to get their head out of the sand pertaining to global warming, events such as these are just the begiinng of severe weather events to come. We need to prepare for extreme weather. I'm prepared for this winter which is going to be one for the record books.

    Signed,
    Bio- meteorologist

  • Uncle Unctuous

    The story doesn't deliver on the headline's promise. The headline says "winds top 70," but the story lists wind speeds at 5 locations, all of which are below 70.

    • Steve

      The Science department at Marshall University reported 70 plus mph winds in Huntington, so there was at least one place where winds topped 70 mph. The story states that it was at airport locations. The places with the worst winds in the Huntington area were downtown, not at the airport, which is about 30 minutes from downtown.

  • Hillbilly

    In Morgantown there are several trees that have grown up through the power lines not even a hundred yards from the Mon Power office.. its definitely not kept up with.

  • Clark

    Hey Mon Power, be sure to ask the PSC for a rate increase to clean up the trees that you never cleard away from the lines in the first place.