WHITE HALL — Six days after a massive windstorm ripped through the state, knocking over trees and decimating the state’s power system, FirstEnergy company MonPower has restored power to more than 500,000 of its customers.
It’s small comfort for the thousands of people still without power across the county and state, and it’s a problem that the company continues to face.
On Thursday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin visited MonPower’s regional headquarters in Marion County as part of a tour of the state’s disaster-recovery efforts.
“We have enough crews in here that we believe that ... we’ll have the majority of the communities back in by either late (Thursday night) or late (Friday) night,” said Jim Haney, West Virginia Operations, MonPower, president. He recommitted to the company’s goal of having service completely restored (or very close) by the close of Sunday.