- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Tens of thousands of customers remain without electricity heading into a frigid night in West Virginia.

FirstEnergy reported about 41,000 customers had no power Thursday evening. Appalachian Power has about 35,000 outages. Both utilities say many roads were impassible and are hampering power-restoration efforts. They are bringing in crews from out-of-state affiliates.

Lows were expected to dip below zero statewide Thursday night.

Warming stations and shelters have been opened in several counties. That includes three in Cabell County, where about 10,000 customers were without power Thursday evening.

Other hard-hit areas include about 6,700 outages in Putnam County, 5,700 in Wood County, 4,600 in Mason County and 4,200 in Harrison County.

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