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Mon Power assisting with Ida power restoration, preparing for tropical depression’s passage over West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As Tropical Depression Ida approaches West Virginia, Mon Power crews are among the groups preparing for possible power outages related to rain and wind.

Parent company First Energy sent around 500 employees to Louisiana to assist with power restoration efforts related to the hurricane, including 20 Mon Power workers. Mon Power spokesperson Will Boye told MetroNews affiliate WAJR-AM additional actions are possible depending on how the weather system impacts West Virginia.

“Depending upon the weather, we can reallocate our resources within Mon Power and West Virginia to the areas that need it most,” he said. “We can also call on contractors and additional personnel as needed from other states.”

Boye said if electricity services stop, customers should contact First Energy to report the outage. Refrigerator and freezer doors should remain closed to preserve perishable items.

“We want to remind all of our customers that if they do see a downed powerline, stay at least 30-feet away from it,” he added. “Call 911 to report a downed powerline.”

Boye also said generators (get it here) should be used outside and away from home openings like windows and vents.

West Virginians will first see remnants of Tropical Depression Ida on Wednesday. The National Weather Service on Monday announced West Virginia will be under a flash flood watch beginning Tuesday at 2 p.m.

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