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AEP: 25,000 without power, additional outages expected

(Rhys Reaves)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- AEP said the remnants of Tropical Storm Michael have left more than 25,000 Appalachian Power customers without power in southwest and southside Virginia.

Areas where most customers are without power include: Bedford, Botetourt, Carroll, Franklin, Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania, and Roanoke counties.

Flash flooding and high wind gusts of up to 50 mph in some locations have made damage assessment difficult, as well as hazardous in some areas. High winds are expected Thursday night from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. and are expected to cause additional outages.

AEP said crews cannot safely make repairs while trees and limbs are still falling, and cannot safely work from buckets or on poles in winds greater than 40 mph.

Therefore, there is no timetable as to when power can be restored.

In addition to company and contract crews in Virginia, Appalachian Power crews from West Virginia and Tennessee will move in early Friday morning to assist in the restoration efforts.

Customers are urged to check for updates on a specific outage that affects their service by viewing the our outage map online, or by signing up online to receive automatic text and/or email updates on outages.

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