CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Though most of its customers have had their service restored following storms Wednesday, Appalachian Power is continuing restoration efforts in West Virginia.

Wind gusts of up to 60 mph impacted service across the state, with 100,000 customers having no service since Wednesday. At the time of this article’s publication, that number has gone down to around 28,000.

More than 5,800 customers in Fayette County, 3,300 in Kanawha County and 2,600 in McDowell County are without power.

According to a company statement, West Virginia was the state most damaged from the storm. Twenty-three distribution circuits, seven distribution stations and 33 transmission lines are still in need of work.

The company said Thursday’s weather allowed the opportunity to have several helicopters in the air, aiding workers in finding damaged property.

Restoration efforts are expected to continue through Sunday. The company said service should be restored Friday in McDowell, Mercer and Wyoming counties; Saturday in Cabell, Jackson, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam and Wayne counties; and Sunday in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Raleigh and Roane counties.

Appalachian Power said it has 1,200 workers carrying out efforts to restore power, including 400 line workers from other companies.

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