CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Power crews were bracing for a fast-moving winter storm bringing heavy snow and possible outages Thursday.Heavy snow could cause slight damage to power lines and poles or could topple both, Phil Wright, Appalachian Power vice president of distribution operations, said in a news release. Outages were expected.
Line workers, damage assessors and tree-cutting crews were placed on standby in preparation Wednesday night, he said. Additional resources would be provided for the hardest-hit areas. Emergency workers would assist locally based workers should the storm damage electrical facilities.Wright said customers should be prepared with an emergency kit and charged cellphone.