West Virginia Heat Wave Continues; Thousands Still Without Power

07/06/2012 07:22 am ET | Updated Sep 05, 2012

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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