Powerless in Southwestern Virginia

More than 10,000 customers in our region woke up without power this morning. AEP reports. That includes 339 in Floyd County, 3006 in Giles, 1683 in Franklin, 208 in Montgomery  and 974 in Bedford.

Fortunately, we're not one of the powerless 300 in Floyd County. If it happens, our Guardian generator stands ready to automaticallly restore power. Clark Gas & Oil topped off the propane tank this week.

The temperature on our back porch reads -1 degrees but the National Weather Service claims a warming trend will start today with a high of around 31 and a low of 16 by Sunday morning.

That sub-zero temperature is the first drop into the negative range here since 2005.

UPDATE: 3:00 p.m.  AEP says their crews restored power to all Floyd County homes as well as the 3,006 homes in Giles. Franklin County still has more than 1,400 without power.

You can track power outages in Southwestern Virginia on AEP's web site.

More than 10,000 customers in our region woke up without power this morning. AEP reports. That includes 339 in Floyd County, 3006 in Giles, 1683 in Franklin, 208 in Montgomery  and 974 in Bedford.

Fortunately, we’re not one of the powerless 300 in Floyd County. If it happens, our Guardian generator stands ready to automaticallly restore power. Clark Gas & Oil topped off the propane tank this week.

The temperature on our back porch reads -1 degrees but the National Weather Service claims a warming trend will start today with a high of around 31 and a low of 16 by Sunday morning.

That sub-zero temperature is the first drop into the negative range here since 2005.

UPDATE: 3:00 p.m.  AEP says their crews restored power to all Floyd County homes as well as the 3,006 homes in Giles. Franklin County still has more than 1,400 without power.

You can track power outages in Southwestern Virginia on AEP’s web site.

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16 Responses

  1. After asking a few questions about this, I realized it’s my fault for posting information I haven’t verified. Anybody got a towel I can use to wipe this egg off my face?

  2. The primary power companies in the National Capital Region are PEP (Potomac Electric Power), Allegheney, Dominion and Baltimore Gas & Electric. The area of Maryland that was discussed is served by Baltimore Gas & Electric, which is sometimes referred to as Maryland Power & Light.

    I know from living in that area for 23 years that rolling blackouts are a fact of life due to grid overload and outdated switching stations. I have no doubt there were some during the extreme cold weather last week. During our time there, it happened every year when the temperature fell that low. The power companies will claim it wasn’t happening but I know from experience that utilities lie as much as politicians.

    Don’t mind Jack. He likes to defend the status quo. 🙂

  3. Jim,

    I merely checked out the utility websites for PEPCO (only wind and ice related outages affecting 350 in the Metro DC area), Allegheny (only an ice related outage in Winchester, VA), Dominion (two weather related outages in Northern VA), and Baltimore Gas and Electric (weather related outages affecting about 4300 folks in and around Baltimore/Annapolis.) I think of rolling blackouts as different from weather related outages

    Being far, far younger and thus lacking Doug’s 40 decades of experience 😉 I may, indeed, defend the status quo. One of my favorite quoes that I especially defend the status of, is presumed innocence ahead of guilt. Now I can plenty angry when responsible folks break trusts, marginalize the hoi polloi, or otherwise abuse their power. But I prefer the facts of actual outcomes to innuendo and assumption in advance before letting my bloomers get in a bunch.

    Heck, Bernie Madoff probably is just misunderstood. Time will tell……

  4. What I said was this:

    The primary power companies in the National Capital Region are PEP (Potomac Electric Power), Allegheney, Dominion and Baltimore Gas & Electric. They are sometimes referred to collectively in the media as Washington Power & Light.

    I know from living in that area for 23 years that rolling blackouts are a fact of life due to grid overload and outdated switching stations. I have no doubt there were some during the extreme cold weather last week. During our time there, it happened every year when the temperature fell that low. The power companies will claim it wasn’t happening but I know from experience that utilities lie as much as politicians.

    What part of that simple explanation do you not understand? The utility companies in the DC area had a record of instituting rolling blackouts and then denying they were doing so. They often institute rolling blackouts to avoid grid overloads and then claim no outages occurred.

    You also need to understand that using Google, Google News or something similar to conduct a casual search of news web sites is hardly definitive when it comes to determining if something has been covered in the news. These sources do no include radio station news transcripts or full transcripts of TV news. In addition, newspaper web sites do not always include all of their published news on their web sites.

    I ran a search on Nexis and found two radio and three TV news reports on rolling blackouts in the National Capital Region last week. In each case, the utilities denied the reports. A call-in talk show in Baltimore was flooded with calls regarding blackouts.

    While the Internet can be a good source of information, it has created a lackadaisical attitude towards in-depth research. Simple putting "rolling blackout" and "Washington" or "Maryland" into a Google search is hit-and-run research at best. That’s why I use a subscription service like Nexis.

    (Updated at 3:10 p.m. to remove comments that were not proper for this discussion.)

  5. Mr. Russell, your pomposity is ever so apparent throughout your arrogant arguments. You lecture as if you are the fountain of all knowledge, dispensing your pronouncements from on high to enlighten the ignorant among us.

    Most of us are not just off the boat and we know when someone is jerking our chain. You got yourself into a hole with a position that was indefensible from the gitgo. Then you follow it up with bombastic utterances that display the utter futility of your arguments.

    Do you want salt with that crow or will you just eat it unseasoned?

  6. I see how it is now. If this is how y’all are, I’ll stay away from here and damn sure keep my distance from downtown Floyd.

    A’Dios!

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