Mon Power, a FirstEnergy Corporation utility, continues to try to restore power to customers in West Virginia following the summer storm that downed trees and wires in the region beginning last night.
Mon Power spokesmen, Todd Meyers says about 71,000 West Virginia customers lost power during the storm. Meyers says as of 3:00 this afternoon only 24,000 are still without power.
The company says customers lost power as the summer storm downed trees and wires. Meyers says restoring service to all Mon Power customers is expected to take several days. He expects 95% should have power by Friday night.
Mon Power serves much of north central West Virginia, and of those areas, the hardest hit included Parkersburg, Clarksburg-Bridgeport, and Lewis and Preston counties.
Scott Surgeoner, a spokesman for Potomac Edison, which is a sister company to Mon Power covering Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties says just over four thousand in those counties are still without power, and he does not expect for those counties to be fully restored until Saturday.
Surgeoner says Hedgesville, Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs were hit the hardest by the storm.