MARLINTON, W.Va. — Power was expected to be fully restored in Pocahontas County by Tuesday night following a problem that knocked out service to more than 3,200 Mon Power customers late Monday.

The outage came as temperatures dropped below zero.

Officials with Mon Power said power to 2,500 homes and businesses in the Marlinton area had been restored as of 3 p.m. Tuesday and the remaining outages were scheduled to be fixed by 6 p.m.

Cold temperatures and gusty winds on Tuesday hampered efforts to locate the source of the power problem.  It was narrowed down to a stretch of line near Thorny Creek, about three miles northeast of Marlinton.

Crews walked the line first thing Tuesday morning, but couldn’t immediately find the problem.  Around 12 p.m., the winds finally died down enough to use a helicopter to fly over the line to try and locate the disruption.

What exactly caused the outage was not immediately clear.

Temperatures dropped to 21 degrees below zero in parts of Pocahontas County early Tuesday morning.  With wind chills that neared 40 degrees below zero, it was one of the coldest nights in that rural area in several years.

Todd Meyers, spokesperson for Mon Power, said they understood the importance of getting those customers back on line as quickly as possible.

Progress on power outages was reported throughout West Virginia through the day Tuesday as crews worked in bitter temperatures.

Most customers of Mon Power, Potomac Edison and Appalachian Power in the Mountain State were scheduled to have power by Tuesday evening.

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  • CONNIE AND BILL OBER

    HAVE THEY FOUND THE PROBLEM WITH THE POWER YET? WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE CREW FOR TRYING TO GET THE POWER BACK ON FOR ALL OF US WHO HAD LOST NIGHT. AT 2 AM THIS MORNING I HEARD MY HUSBAND'S OXYGEN CONCETRATOR BEEPING, IT WOKE ME UP AND I ALMOST FELL ON MY FACE TRYIING TO FIND THE FLASHLIGHT SO THAT I COULD TURN IT OFF. I FORGOT THT I LEFT THE FLASHLIGHT SITTING ON TH TV IN THE LIVING ROOM. WE REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE HARD WORK YOU GUYS DID TO RESTORE OUR POWER. THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER. THANK YOU MARLNTON MUNMISIPLE BUILDNG AND 911 FOR LETTING US USE YOUR HEAT FOR A WHILE. THANKS TO TOM PUFFENBARGER, OUR NEIGHBOR, AND OUR GOOD FRIEND JUSTIN WAGNER FOR ALL THEIR HELP IN GETTING THINGS GOING AGAIN. THANKS TO OUR GOOD NEGHBORS, JOE AND MARY CLENDENEN FOR KEEPING US INFORMED OF THE SITUATION. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU, WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS OUR THANKS ENOUGH. THANKS 911 FOR GETTING MY SISTER TO THE ER LAST NIGHT, SHE'S IMPROVED BUT STILL UNDER THE WEATHER.

  • Frank / Moundsville

    Minor 3 house power outage on my block in Moundsville early at 3 am today. Quick AEP response and 4 brave linemen worked in bitter below zero cold to restore our power, replacing a blown transformer. I salute their dedication, customer service and bravery. I will say a short prayer for them and their families.

  • Debbie

    VERY appreciative of the lineman that are out there is all types of weather to restore, repair and keep our power on. Thanks for everything you do !

  • cutty77

    To all people in WV. Invest in a Generator. The wants that can't afford one,are the ones that need one. The Power outages are going to continue,trust me.

    • Larry

      In a sense you're right, no electric system is 100% reliable, so yes there will always be a certain amount of outages, no matter what is done, or not done.

    • cutty77

      Sorry about the spelling. i meant The Ones instead of wants. My Bad. Back to the power issue, its already found the weak point in the power system,so its going to continue to break down at the same points. When Derecho hit us,this is when it all started. Good Luck and stay warm.

  • Harpers Ferry

    How about those in Mon County that are without gas right now? Any news on that?

  • rick

    Hats off to the crew members that have to go out and work in these conditions.

    • rose

      Exactly.

      Real heroes on days like today!