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West Virginia Storms 2012: Derecho Leaves Thousands Without Power

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WEST VIRGINIA STORMS 2012
A tree lays down in the front lawn at a home Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Charleston, W.Va. Violent storms swept across the eastern U.S., killing at least nine people and knocking out power to hundreds of thousands on a day that temperatures across the region are expected to reach triple-digits. Officials said about 500,000 people were without power in West Virginia. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner) | AP

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Electric utilities are working to restore service to more than 452,000 customers in West Virginia following severe storms.

MonPower says it expects to restore electricity to customers in Morgantown late Monday. Service in other areas is expected to be restored later this week.

Potomac Edison also expects all affected customers to have power later this week.

Appalachian Power, a unit of American Electric Power Co., says service won't be restored to some of its customers until Saturday. Friday night's storms damaged more than 50 of its substations and downed numerous power lines and trees.

President Barack Obama has issued a disaster declaration for West Virginia. A state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin remains in effect.

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