- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Thousands of customers remain without power in West Virginia after high winds blew through the state.

Appalachian Power says on its website that nearly 5,200 homes and businesses had no electricity Wednesday morning, while FirstEnergy says about 1,400 customers had no service.

The hardest-hit counties in Appalachian Power’s service area were nearly 1,400 outages in Lincoln County and about 1,000 in Kanawha County. More than one-third of FirstEnergy’s outages were in Ritchie County.

The numbers are down from at least 14,000 power outages reported across several counties Tuesday night after a storm system with high winds moved through the state.

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