More heat for thousands in state without power
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thousands of West Virginians still without electricity a week after violent storms face more hot weather and possibly more storms.
Heat advisories are in effect today and Saturday for the Eastern Panhandle and the western half of the state, from the Northern Panhandle to the southern coalfields. The National Weather Service says some areas could see severe thunderstorms over the weekend.
Ninety-degree heat and storms this week have slowed efforts to restore power to people who lost electricity after the June 29 storm. There were 198,200 outages this morning, including 128,098 Appalachian Power customers and 70,102 FirstEnergy customers. That's down from more than 680,000.
State Farm reports more than 2,600 property damage claims and 720 automobile damage claims from West Virginians resulting from the June 29 storm.