7:45 p.m. UPDATE: Thirty-five customers are out of power on Patrick Henry Drive due to a transformer failure.
7:15 p.m. UPDATE: Appalachian Power restored most of the power in Blacksburg. According to its website, 290 residents are still without power.
Appalachian Power is reporting 1,431 residents without power in Montgomery County, including apartment complexes Terrace View and the Village.
AEP spokesman Todd Burns said these power outages aren’t a result of Hurricane Sandy, though. The widespread power outages were instead caused by equipment failure when a pole caught on fire.
“We’re hoping by 11 (p.m.) to have power restored. But things are starting to turn a little ugly for us,” Burns said.
As Hurricane Sandy continues to bring strong winds and precipitation, AEP is encouraging people to take necessary precautions to stay safe. Additional crews are being brought in to the region in preparation for potential power outages that may take place.
If power is lost, AEP customers can log onto their website and report outages.