Ice causes thousands to lose power in Southwest Virginia

By Heather Butterworth - Digital Content Producer

10:30 p.m. update: 

Around 1,700 Virginians are without power as Sunday night winds down. 

Henry County has the most outages, with 705 households without power. Patrick County has 334 households without power, Grayson County has 151 households without power and Bedford County has 254 households without power. 

There are still scattered outages in Carroll, Pittsylvania and Franklin counties. 


5:20 p.m. update: 

More than 4,000 Virginians are still without power Sunday evening. 

Power has been completely restored in Roanoke County and Roanoke City. 

The majority of the outages are still in Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, Grayson County, Henry County, and Carroll County.


10:50 a.m. update:

Power is nearly completely restored in Roanoke City. 

Outages are more widespread in Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, Grayson County, Henry County, and Carroll County.

Crews are working on all of those outages and most areas are expected to have their power restored by 4 p.m. 


Thousands of people in Virginia are waking up to a power outage Sunday morning. 

Ice is building up on power lines, which is causing issues. 

So far, the largest Appalachian Power outage is in Roanoke City, with roughly 500 customers there without power, as of 8:30 a.m. Earlier in the morning, there were about 2,000. 

Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, Grayson County, Henry County, and Carroll County are also experiencing outages, but not as widespread as the one in Roanoke City. 

There are also about 500 in Danville without power. 

Appalachian Power has crews out assessing these issues. They are estimating that power will be restored by lunch time.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is warning people to avoid driving, if possible. 

Click here to check the outage map, and click here for a list of road conditions. 

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