9:17am UPDATE: Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye says that a large transmission line failed early this morning.
A fault on a large transmission line triggered additional failures in the system. Moye said that the initial fault in the line is not a major problem, but a secondary line that re-routes the electricity was out of service as the structure containing it was being replaced. The next fail-safe was a breaker that was tripped but would not come back on line. This, in all, was triple redundancy that failed in the system that normally can handle such a problem.
The breaker is being replaced and power should be back on between 10 and 11AM, at the latest, for people in Jackson and Mason counties in West Virginia, and Meigs and Athens county in Ohio. The only thing that could change the restoration time frame would be an unforeseen problem. School is still closed across all of these areas for the day.
UPDATE: Additional schools are closed due to the outage including Eastern-Meigs Local, Meigs Local as well as MidValley Christian.
UPDATE: The number of customers in the dark has now increased to over 22,000, affecting much of eastern Ohio and north central West Virginia.
ORIGINAL: According to AEP's website, nearly 10,000 customers are without power. All Jackson County, WV schools are closed for the day. The outage was reported around 6 Wednesday morning.
According to AEP, the estimated restoration time is around Noon. No word on what caused the outage.
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