A powerless start to the new year

STEUBENVILLE — Thousands of area residents woke up to the first day of the new year without electricity on Monday morning with temperatures hovering around zero.

Power outages were reported in four area counties, and electricity was out for several hours as crews scrambled to make repairs.

Jefferson County 911 center reported about 1,900 customers in Smithfield Township, and the southwestern parts of the county were without power for more than three hours. A 911 dispatcher said the first call of the power outage came in around 7:10 a.m. on Monday. AEP had most of the power restored to the area by 10:40 a.m. The 911 dispatcher reported there was an issue with the substation in Dillonvale.

Customers in Harrison and Belmont counties also reported being without electricity but the power had been restored by noon on Monday, according to AEP’s power outage map.

Up to 500 customers in Wellsburg were without power on Monday morning due to a snapped power line near the intersection of state Routes 2 and 67. MonPower reported the electricity was restored by 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

AEP was reporting scattered outages in the Piney Fork area due to problems associated with electric meters at homes.