Appalachian Power Company reports eight power outages in Floyd County and predicts restoration of power at those customers, mostly in the Conner Grove area east of U.S. 221 by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
If those last homes do get their power back, the long period of power problems that began in an ice storm on Thursday of last week should end as Floyd County and Southwestern Virginia head into Thanksgiving on Thursday and the annual marketing nightmare called “Black Friday,” that signals the beginning of serious shopping for Christmas.
Nearly 98 percent of county residents and businesses lost power from problems caused by the ice that coated the landscape, brought town tree, limbs and power lines and sent residents scurrying to restore what electricity they could with full house or portable generators.
Many residents lived without power for more than 100 hours.
Cleanup of the debris, fallen limbs and scarred landscape will continue.
Forecasts from the National Weather Service in Blacksburg call for partly cloudy with zero chance of precipitation Tuesday with a high of 45 in the county and a low of 27 overnight, sunny with a high of 47 Wednesday (low of 29), partly cloudy with a high of 43 Thursday before the temperatures plummet overnight to the high teens and then a high of 37 on Black Friday.
Rain is forecast for Saturday with a high of 44 and an overnight low of 37, which will also be the high on a partly cloudy Sunday with little chance of precipitation before morning showers to start next week, then dry conditions until the following weekend when the outlook calls for rain and snow showers, starting on Dec. 1 and continuing into the following week.