Appalachian Power Works To Restore Electricity To Thousands

Roanoke, VA - The day after the year's first big snowfall - the big problem that came out of the storm is the tens of thousands who lost power across Virginia.

In our area alone, more than 100-thousand people lost power and many are still out tonight.

In all, nearly 20,000 customers in Roanoke and Roanoke County alone lost power which, as you can imagine, made for some tough times for crews and victims alike.

The thick heavy wet snow left behind plenty of beauty... and plenty of trouble.

Streets around the region were blocked as the snow brought down trees and wires... and trees on wires... the signature of the first snowstorm of 2013.

Those that lost power during the storm included ApCo Spokesman Todd Burns and his family.

"In one hour, we saw outages increase by 10,000 so we were seeing some big numbers coming in. All that is happening in the middle of the night so you can't really tell what's going on," said Burns.

The power went out for Adam James around 5:00 Thursday evening... one of more than 117,000 Appalachian Power customers to lose power.

"It sounded like an explosion but smaller. And then I saw a flash of light," said James.

He says it hasn't been that bad... but then again, he's had plenty of practice.

"Well we're from Michigan so we're used to this sort of thing. So anything that goes bad, we just put out in the snow out front; our drinks are cold so... we still have a little bit of luxury," said James.

By noon a worker was out checking the line near his house.

Would it be something as simple as replacing a fuse?

For sure, this one blew.

A replacement that, if it explodes, will prove a bigger problem is at hand.

No explosion so it was the fuse after all... making a quick fix for James and his neighbors.

"We just picked up some groceries and the power came back on. It was a nice surprise," said James.