Appalachian Power on Thursday predicted power would be restored to all Floyd County homes by the evening.
At 5:30 a.am. Friday 496 Floyd County homes remained dark. An APCO spokesman refused to speculate late last night on when electricity would finally be restored to those who have been without power since the massive wind storm that swept through the area last Friday night. Some 65,417 APCO customers were still powerless at 5:30 a.m.
It has been a long, hot week for those without power and those trying to restore electricity to customers. APCO crews, supplemented by emergency teams brought in as far away as the Dakotas, have battled rough terrain, oppressive heat and other problems after the storm left a half-million customers without power in Virginia and West Virginia. Thunderstorms that swept through the area Thursday knocked out power again for at 2,000 more customers in Roanoke and a transformer failed in Rocky Mount and put more than 3,500 more homes and businesses back in the dark.
The new outage left Franklin County’s sheriff’s department and 911 call center operating on generator power.