Weather conditions to blame for earlier outages

Thousands of people were without power Monday morning in Brooke, Jefferson, Harrison, and Belmont Counties.

Thousands of people were without power Monday morning in Brooke, Jefferson, Harrison, and Belmont Counties.

The weather was to blame. AEP said frozen transmission lines in Ohio caused 4,800 people to lose power in Ohio starting at 7 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Power was restored to those customers by 1 p.m. this afternoon.

In Brooke County, the weather was also to blame for why residents in Wellsburg were in the dark.

Getting the power back on wasn't an easy task.

The power was out to dozens of people, as residents of Brooke County do anything and everything to stay warm.

A cold snap blanketed the Valley with freezing temperatures for the last several days, and no sign of relief in sight.

On this first day of 2018, dozens of residents are ringing in the new year without power.

And that's all from a power line that snapped.

"Around three o'clock this morning one of the lines that feeds the Marshall Terrace area about 75-100 homes the lined severed on a pole just because of the weather,” said Brooke County EMA Director Bob Folwer.

The weather played a major factor in getting power back on.

While crews worked, power was shut off from 12th Street to Greens Run.

The location of the break also posed another struggle.

"In this case, they told me they're going to have to climb the pole and physically pull the wires back together, so you know, it's a pretty lengthy thing for them, plus working in this weather,” Folwer said.

A warming shelter was set up at the Brooke County Courthouse for residents who need to get warm.

A few water main breaks popped up throughout the city, like one on 12th Street of Wellsburg.

"It's always fires this time of year - you know - with this weather, and it always makes it difficult for EMS people to get in and out of the house with snow and ice, so it just makes it difficult for all of our emergency operations,” Folwer said.

Fowler wants to encourage residents to have a portable radio in their homes. In case there is any type of emergency, officials can get information out to the public that way.

"They need to have an AM radio in case there is a major type outage,” Folwer said. “They need to be able to tune to 1700 - that's our radio transmitter that we have throughout the county - that will give them info if they can't get phone calls, or if the power is off and they can't watch TV.”

Fowler suggested visiting ReadyWV for tips, in case a situation like this would happen again.

As of Monday afternoon, power has been restored.

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