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Nearly 77,000 Still In the Dark in W.Va.

July 9, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

CHARLESTON (AP) - About 77,000 West Virginia homes and businesses are enduring another oppressively hot day without electricity.

A spokesman for AEPOhio reported that as of 8 p.m. Sunday 100 percent of power had been restored to residents of the Ohio Valley with the exception of 75 homes in Marshall County which were expected to be restored sometime Sunday night.

About 45,000 Appalachian Power customers remained without service Sunday. That includes about 5,900 in Raleigh County and 5,700 in Kanawha County, the state's most populous county. MonPower reported about 31,791 customers still without service as a result of the June 29 storm.

Officials are urging residents of the affected areas to take advantage of cooling stations and shelters to escape temperatures expected to hit around 100 degrees.

The American Red Cross housed 85 people in shelters across the state Saturday night, and it had 15 emergency response vehicles on the roads Sunday delivering food and water to residents in need. The West Virginia National Guard also was serving meals in various locations.

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