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Half of county loses power

Posted: Thursday, Nov 1st, 2012

Photo 1: Students at Wesleyan take advantage of canceled classes to launch a snowball fight in the middle of campus on Tuesday afternoon. While the college did not call off all classes, individual professors had that option. Joe Cuppari is seen shoveling the sidewalk in preparation for the arrival of his mother and grandmother. Cuppari still had power on Tuesday, so he invited over relatives who weren’t so lucky. (Photos by Erin Beck/Staff Writer).

BUCKHANNON — The so-called Frankenstorm lived up to its name, leaving Upshur County covered in several inches of snow and forcing the postponement of trick-or-treating, various community meetings and sporting events.

Jim Farrell, public information officer for the Upshur County Office of Emergency Effort, said roughly 50 percent of the county was without power early Tuesday afternoon.

“We are doing a lot better than some other counties close to us, but a 50 percent power outage is very high,” he said.

With snowfall coming down throughout the day, Farrell said there were concerns about people not having power for an extended time.

Ellamore and Banks District Volunteer Fire Departments were opened as warming shelters while the Red Cross set up an emergency shelter at Chapel Hill UMC.

For the complete article see the 10-31-2012 issue.

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