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Some in West Virginia have power, but no internet. Frontier Communications, West Virginia's largest phone and Internet service provider, says it received more than 8,400 reports from customers about outages and other problems in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. There are crews working on the problems now, and they're facing down trees and poor road conditions which complicate matters. But they're working to get the internet service restored as quickly as possible. Frontier has half a million customers in West Virginia.
First the state of emergency declared by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, and then the federal disaster declaration from President Obama. West Virginia is seeing its share of trouble from Superstorm Sandy. Usually homes are safe haven during a snowstorm, but in Nicholas County on Tuesday the roofs on threee homes collapsed from the weight of the snow. West Virginia National Guard troops were called out to help residents get to shelters. All of those folks were okay. In Kanawha County there are several shelters set up, Including Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Sissonville, Salvation Army at Roane and Tennessee Avenue in Charleston, and the Kanawha City Rec Center, all of which will be overnight shelters. The Hansford Center in St. Albans is also open as a shelter.
It's a bit of a flashback from the summer, after the wind storms of June 29. More contractors from other states are being brought in to help restore power. Appalachian Power said on Tuesday they expected more than 400 contractors from states including Oklahoma and Texas, to help look over the damage done and restore power as quickly as possible.
Because of the weather, the this weekend's boys and girls high school state soccer tournament has been postponed. The state tournament was scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the YMCA Youth Sports Complex in Beckley. It's been moved to Tuesday, Nov. 6, and Wednesday, Nov. 7, at the same site.
The weather has wrecked havoc on many things, including Trick-or-
Treating. Leaders from the City of Charleston and Kanawha County have decided to move Trick-or-Treating in Kanawha County and Charleston from tonight to Thursday night from 6 to 8pm. Trick-or-Beat at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston is still set for Wednesday, October 31. Nitro Halloween Hoe Down has been moved to Saturday, November 3. Putnam County has officially postponed trick-or-treating until Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening will also be the time to head out in St. Albans.
One of many weather-related schedule changes of the past few days...Marshall's exhibition basketball game with Bluefield, which had been scheduled for Monday night has been rescheduled for Thursday as part of a doubleheader with the women's team.
Putnam County sheriff's deputies say a man was shot in the leg early Monday, and a Charleston man has been charged with attempted murder. 29-year old Andrew DeWayne Hodge is accused of shooting 29-year old Colter Anderson during a domestic dispute. The police report says at one point the gun was pointed at Anderson's head and chest, but he was eventually shot in the leg. He's since been treated and released at CAMC General Hospital.
Power outages have been reported across West Virginia, although they have been spotty. First Energy's website says their hardest hit areas have been in Berkely and Randolph Counties, where almost fifteen thousand outages have been reported. Appalachian Power reports more than 11,000 outages spread across seven southern counties Monday night. That includes Fayette and Nicholas Counties.
Hurricane Sandy has caused many flight cancellations to and from Yeager Airport in Charleston. There were many flights on American, United, and US Airways that didn't leave Charleston on Monday, and more flights are cancelled today. Officials are encouraging passengers to visit their airlines website to check flight status and re-booking options. Across the country, as many as ten thousand flight cancellations have been reported because of the storm, and it may cost the airlines $600 million.
The unique thing about Hurricane Sandy, is she's colliding with a winter storm as she makes landfall. Meteorologists say this will be the first time in history that a storm has formed like this. Late Sunday, the National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings from midday today through Wednesday afternoon in 10 counties, including Fayette, Nicholas, and Raleigh. Kanawha and Putnam Counties are not included in the blizzard warnings, but can expect wind and rain. In fact, a wind advisory is in effect through 5pm today for counties including Lincoln, Putnam, Kanawha, Roane, and Logan.