As devastating storms sweep through the region, thousands are still without power after Friday’s first round of inclement weather.
As of yesterday, Appalachian Power reported more than 9,500 outages in Montgomery County, down from more than 10,600 on Friday.
But for some residents in Montgomery County, power may not be back until Friday night, and others in the region may have to wait as late as Sunday, according to its website.
Lack of air-conditioning and electricity can be lethal, and has already claimed the lives of six Virginia residents, according to the Virginia Department of Health.
VDH recommends finding an air-conditioned shelter, such as the cooling center at the Blacksburg Community Center on Patrick Henry Drive, and advises against using a fan as a primary cooling device.
Virginia Tech opened air-conditioned dorms for university faculty and staff that are vital to operations or serve on-campus students and guests.
However, the service is being “phased out,” due to low demand, according to Ken Belcher, senior associate director for housing services.
“The time has passed,” he said.
Eighteen people took advantage of the service, and people are starting to check out as electricity comes back or housing with friends and family become available.
The temporary housing was not offered to students.
However, students can use the showers at McComas Hall if they present their Hokie Passport.