W.V. Storm Problems to Continue

West Virginia's main electricity providers have slashed the number of power outages in the state by more than half in just a few hours time.

At 10:30 a.m., American Electric Power was reporting more than 12,000 power outages. By 2 o'clock this afternoon, that number was down to 5,000.

Allegheny had cut its earlier estimate of more than 700 outages to just over 600.

The outages occurred Wednesday morning when storms packing high winds and significant rainfall swept across the state.

At least seven West Virginia counties had scattered school closures, delays or early dismissals Wednesday because of the power outages or flooding concerns.

Minor flooding is possible in West Virginia's Northern Panhandle between now and Friday.

Mike Mucheck, the deputy director of emergency management for Marshall County, says small streams in the region are running high. Mucheck says the Ohio River is expected to crest Friday afternoon at Moundsville at two feet above flood stage, which would result in minor flooding.

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