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December 26, 2012

Update: winter storm could bring additional power outages

PRINCETON — Mercer County may see additional power outages as a winter storm bears down on the region.

Appalachian Power spokesperson Phil Moye said Wednesday afternoon that Mercer County currently had around 1,000 customers without power. Depending on the wintry conditions, including high winds and snow, that could develop this afternoon and tonight, that number could shrink or grow.

“The likelihood of additional outages is certainly high,” Moye said.

Moye added that the company was doing what it could to make the outage times as short as possible for residents. He said that a conference call had been scheduled for 1 p.m. to determine the amount of resources the company would receive to combat the outages.

He also reminded residents of what to do in case of a power outage. The first thing he recommended was having emergency supplies like candles and flashlights on hand in case the power does go out.

If the power does go, Moye said the first thing that should be done is to contact Appalachian Power to report the outage.

“That’s how we’re going to know where the power’s out,” Moye said.

To report outages, one can visit Appalachian Power’s website or call 1-800-982-4237.

Appalachian Power first reported outages in Mercer County at around 5 a.m. this morning. The number of outages peaked at 2,125 customers without power just before 7 a.m. From there, the number dropped to 436 before rising to 1,015 as of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

- Contact Matt Christian at mchristian@ptonline.net.

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