Appalachian Power Says Lightning Delayed Restoration of Power

UPDATE: AEP says power has been restored to all costumers followed Friday's storms.

The storms developed, then redeveloped over the same areas Friday evening. Many locations that had bad weather actually had numerous storm cells pop up behind the previous one, which delayed power restoration for many.

The storm coverage will be more scattered and hit-or-miss Sunday into Monday before more storms by Tuesday into Wednesday of next week.

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Lynchburg, VA - Appalachian Power confirms the power outages Friday night are due to lightning strikes from the evening storms. A spokeswoman said they had hoped to have half of the 13,000 customers in Virginia who lost power back on by midnight Saturday.

She also said they've had problems getting everyone online because of the numerous lightning strikes that make outside work dangerous for crews.

In all 13,000 customers in Virginia lost power during the storm. As of Saturday afternoon all but a couple hundred in Roanoke and Roanoke County have been restored.