Power outage closes two Dickenson County schools

POSTED: 11:09 AM Jan 13 2014   UPDATED: 12:17 PM Jan 13 2014
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DICKENSON COUNTY, Va. -

Two schools in Dickenson County will be closing at 11:45 due to a power outage.

The two schools that are closing are Clintwood High School and Longs Fork Middle School due to a power outage.

American Electric Power told News 5 the power outage was caused by a tree that fell on a 69,000-volt tap at the Clintwood station. 

At one point 5,000 customers were without power. At last check just over 2,000 customers were in the dark in Clintwood, the town of Wise, and Wise County. 

AEP says most customers should by power by 2:00 p.m. The rest will be restored this evening.