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West Virginia Heat Wave Continues; Thousands Still Without Power

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Spc. Megan Pena, left, with the W.Va. National Guard, carries a box of food to a home in Heaters, W.Va., as Austin Hefner, 7, right, Brianna Dunbar, 4, center, and Billy Dunbar Jr., 25, watch Thursday, July 5, 2012. While utility crews continued working to restore power, members of the West Virginia National Guard went door to door with firefighters, police, church groups and others to reach people who were still awaiting help. Residents in the Heaters area have been without power since Friday, | AP

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of West Virginians still without electricity a week after violent storms face more hot weather and possibly more storms.

Heat advisories are in effect Friday and Saturday for the Eastern Panhandle and the western half of the state, from the Northern Panhandle to the southern coalfields. The National Weather Service says some areas could see severe thunderstorms over the weekend.

Ninety-degree heat and storms this week have slowed efforts to restore power to people who lost electricity after the June 29 storm. There were 198,200 outages Friday morning, including 128,098 customers with American Elecric Power Co.'s Appalachian Power unit and 70,102 FirstEnergy Corp. customers. That's down from more than 680,000.

State Farm reports more than 2,600 property damage claims and 720 automobile damage claims from West Virginians resulting from the June 29 storm.

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