Several hundred electrical customers stay without power Monday morning as work crews from Appalachian Power struggle to repair downed lines that put more than 87 percent of Floyd County homes and businesses in the dark on Thursday of last week.
APCO officials said Sunday they hoped to restore power to most of the 2,741 customers by 10 p.m. but pockets remained powerless when the sun came up on Monday.
The outages include 123 customers on both sides of the Blue Ridge Parkway south of Smartview Recreation area and another 166 northeast of the intersection of Virginia Rte. 8 and the Parkway. Other outages remain along Conner Grove SW near U.S. 221 and Indian Valley Road NW.
Crews report difficulty with the many downed limbs, trees and power lines that have slowed down repairs.
The storm put 55,000 electrical customers of APCO without power at its peak on Thursday and the company brought in crews from Kentucky Power to help supplement the more than 1,000 workers in the restoration efforts.
Some homes in Floyd County kept power on with generators — both full house automatic units and portable models.
For most Floyd Countians on this Monday morning, the power is back on but the cleanup will take longer as the area heads into Thanksgiving week.
Weather should help. The latest forecasts from the National Weather Service in office calls for highs in the upper 50s Monday with a low above freezing, followed by a 44 high Tuesday, 47 and sunny on Wednesday, partly cloudy with 44 Thursday and partly cloudy for Thanksgiving Day.
The weekend could bring showers for Saturday, Sunday and Monday but highs should stay in the 40s and 50s.
For the second day in a row, NWS has a fog advisory:
…Patchy fog through the Monday morning commute… Satellite imagery and surface observations indicate areas of fog continue as of early this morning across parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina, and in parts of Interstate 81 and 77 in Virginia. Visibilities have commonly been between 2 and 5 statute miles, though at times have been below one-half mile. Fog is likely to continue into the morning commute before dissipating around mid morning. Travelers should be prepared to encounter sudden changes in visibility in foggy areas. If fog is encountered, reduce speed and use low-beam headlights. Be especially cautious traveling near fog- prone such as nearby river valleys and on Interstate 77 from Hillsville to the Virginia/North Carolina border.