UPDATE: Power restored to Northwest Roanoke

AEP says a squirrel is to blame for the outages

By Heather Butterworth - Digital Content Producer

ROANOKE, Va. - UPDATE 11 a.m. 

Power has been restored to the Cove Road area. There are no reported outages at this time. 

UPDATE 10:15 a.m. 

Appalachian Power crews are still working on restoring power to around 1,800 customers in Northwest Roanoke. They have determined that a squirrel caused this outage. 

Power was originally expected to be restored by 7:30 a.m. That estimate was then pushed back to 10 a.m. Now, there is no estimate for when power will be restored.

Crews are currently making assessments.

UPDATE 7:30 a.m. 

Appalachian Power is reporting only one outage now in Northwest Roanoke. Power is expected to be restored to the Cove Road area by 10 a.m. Roughly 1,800 customers are affected. 

UPDATE 7 a.m.

Crews are now working on two power outages in Northwest Roanoke. More than 2,200 customers are affected. 

AEP has pushed back its estimates on when power will be restored. The estimate for the Cove Road area is 10 a.m. A smaller outage in the Westside area is expected to be fixed by 1 p.m. 

The original estimate was 7:30 a.m. 


More than 3,100 Appalachian Power customers in Northwest Roanoke are waking up to an outage.

Crews are working to fix three separate power outages near William Fleming High School and in the Westside area. 

None of the outages are weather-related, according to AEP. They were first reported around 1:30 a.m. Friday. 

AEP estimates that power will return to everyone affected by 7:30 a.m. 

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