APCo Crews Preparing for Florence

Appalachian Power crews are preparing for potential power outages as Hurricane Florence is expected to impact parts of the company’s Virginia service area beginning Friday and lasting throughout the weekend.

“We are always monitoring weather for events that could damage our electrical facilities and cause power outages,” said Phil Wright, Appalachian Power’s vice president of distribution. “With the potential for heavy rain and possible flooding, we have asked our employees and contractors to be prepared for emergency storm restoration work.”

Forecasts suggest a significant chance of major flooding with 6-10 inches of rainfall in the eastern portion of the Virginia service territory. However, this could likely change as the hurricane’s inland track better comes into focus. At this time, there is less weather concern for Appalachian’s West Virginia service area.

Preparations are underway to move employees and contractors into areas likely to experience damage and outages from the hurricane. American Electric Power crews from Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky are ready to assist, if needed.

“We’re currently planning staging areas for our crews, securing lodging and other logistical support,” Wright said. “We will continue to make additional preparations for the storm and adjustments will be made if the forecast changes.”

Customers can get specific information about the outages affecting their accounts via text message and/or email by subscribing to Appalachian Power outage alerts. To sign up, please visit www.appalachianpower.com/alerts. You can report an outage, check outage status, manage your accounts and more by downloading the Appalachian Power mobile app at www.appalachianpower.com/app.  A snapshot view of current outages is available anytime at www.appalachianpower.com. Go to the Outages and Problems section of the homepage and click “View Outage Map.”

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.