Outage continues for hundreds

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Affects areas of Carroll County

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

  CANA — Electric outages continue for about 1,300 Appalachian Power customers in Carroll County Thursday morning with service expected to be restored by evening.

Reports of downed power lines after a soaking Wednesday rain coupled with high winds resulted in several calls to emergency agencies, particularly Cana fire and rescue.

Callers told authorities that the problems had snarled traffic U.S. 52, Apple Ridge Road, Bear Trail and more.

Agencies responded to one report of a truck tangled in one of the damaged lines.

Todd Burns, spokesman for Appalachian Power, said that outages began about about 6 p.m. Wednesday with around 1,000 households and peaked around 10 p.m. with about 1,500 without electricity service.

By Thursday morning some power had been restored, but utility crews from the Woodlawn service area still had about 1,300 homes to go.

About 830 of those were located around Ridge View Drive in the Cana and Willis Gap area, Burns said. Other places affected included Rock Creek Road, Brushy Fork Road, Rome Drive and more.

Many of the others outages came in lots of clusters of two to five customers.

"That means lots of places to go to to get the power back on today," Burns said.

He attributed the larger outage in Cana to a failed insulator. It's possible that a tree limb could have fallen on it.

Winter weather is coming, he noted. Customers should find out what to do during weather related service interruptions. 

The utility's safety tips are located at https://www.appalachianpower.com/outages/faq/OutageSafetyTips.aspx