Lightning sends Bellaire into darkness

LIGHTNING created problems for Bellaire residents who went to bed Wednesday night without electricity and still had no power today – if they were early risers.

And restoration work still was under way early today for some 136 customers in other areas of Belmont County as well as in Jefferson County.

Carmen Prati-Miller, spokeswoman for American Electric Power Ohio, said lightning struck a high voltage transmission line, leaving about 3,500 customers in Bellaire without electrical power from Wednesday shortly before 7 p.m. until 4-4:15 this morning.

In addition to the outages in Belmont and Jefferson counties, hard hit by outages were Ohio and Marshall counties in West Virginia where restoration of electricity was expected by noon today. Prati-Miller said 300-400 customers in those two counties had been affected by outages.

Crews worked all night on the outages throughout the area and continued to restore power today.

Wednesday’s storms resulted in extensive damages to AEP equipment.