As of 3:07 p.m. Monday, more than 17,000 customers were still without power in the Eastern Panhandle.
While FirstEnergy officials believe power will be restored to the bulk of its Maryland customers by Wednesday, restoring power to West Virginia customers is expected to take longer because the damage was “much more severe, much more significant,” First Energy spokesman Scott Surgeoner said.
Washington County still had 53 Potomac Edison customers without power as of 3:07 p.m. Monday, according to FirstEnergy’s website.
Surgeoner said power is expected to be restored to affected Washington County customers by sometime Monday.
Emergency Services Director Kevin Lewis said Washington County residents without power can go to Valley Mall or other public facilities such as fire stations to get cool. As of Sunday afternoon, county emergency services personnel had not received requests from anyone needing shelter, Lewis said.
In Frederick County, Md., 2,191 customers were still without power as of 3:07 p.m. Monday, according to FirstEnergy’s website.
Cooling stations have been set up in the Eastern Panhandle and in Frederick County, Md., officials said.
Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) Waterworks was still having power issues Sunday afternoon, but a power company crew was working to remedy the situation, said Barb Miller, Jefferson County’s director for Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The county’s other drinking water treatment plants were doing OK, using generators if necessary, she said.
The power outage also is affecting many residents with private wells and no electricity to pump water, Miller said.
Potomac Edison said on its website that beginning at 2 p.m. Monday and continuing from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., while power is being restored, water would be available at the Lowe's store at 14725 Apple Harvest Drive in Martinsburg.
According to a voicemail received at noon Sunday, Martinsburg City Manager Mark Baldwin said the city’s wastewater treatment plant was operating on a generator and backup power. He added that people can drop off debris at the public works department on Boston Street in Martinsburg and that burning is not allowed in city limits.
West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Menis Ketchum ordered all courts in the state closed Monday due to the storm and widespread power outages affecting every county in the state, according to a news release from his office.
Berkeley County Public Schools’ website states summer school will be held.
The Hagerstown area had a heat index of 100 degrees shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.
Potomac Edison’s Maryland customers who are without power can receive, for free, up to 2 gallons of bottled water and one bag of ice at Martin’s Food Markets in Washington County, according to FirstEnergy’s website and a manager at the Martin’s on Wesel Boulevard. FirstEnergy operates as Potomac Edison in Maryland and as Mon Power in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.
Cooling centers will be open at the Frederick Community Action Agency at 100 S. Market St., and at the William Talley Recreation Center on 121 N. Bentz St. until 5 p.m., according to an email from the City of Frederick.
Affected Potomac Edison customers can receive, for free, one bag of ice and two gallons of water at Giant Eagle Stores at 1305 West 7th St. and 1275 W. Patrick St., according to the email.
According to FirstEnergy’s website at 3:07 p.m. Monday, 8,578 customers were without power in Berkeley County; 6,772 customers in Jefferson County were without power; and 1,983 customers in Morgan County were without power.
The Jefferson County (W.Va.) Health Department set up a cooling shelter at Washington High School for residents to get relief from the heat and to plug in medical-assistance devices, according to a news release from the health department and the county’s emergency management director.
Pets could be brought to Washington High School, but residents should bring their cats’ or dogs’ food, bowls, cages and medications, and expect to stay with them, Miller said. The cooling station also has bottled water, she said.
The American Red Cross and Mon Power were working on a plan to give out ice and water in the area Monday, similar to how FirstEnergy partnered with grocery stores in nearby counties, Miller said.
As of Monday afternoon, the following cooling stations were available in Jefferson County, according to the county's Homeland Security office:
• Jefferson County Health Department, 1948 Wiltshire Road, Kearneysville, W.Va., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. all week, including July 4.
• Sam Michaels Park, 1102 Job Corps Road, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., open gym and showers
• Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 601 E. Washington St., Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
• Community Ministries (homeless shelter only), 238 W. Washington St., Charles Town, W.va.
Jefferson County's Emergency Operations Center is currently activated. The nonemergency numbers are 304-728-6345 and 304-725-5001.
Miller said Jefferson County hotels were booked and restaurants were busy. At one stop Saturday, she said the electronic credit-card processor wasn’t working so the store had to make a credit card receipt copy the old-fashioned way, with a carbon copy.
FirstEnergy owns the major transmission lines that were being held up by the three towers in West Virginia, Surgeoner said.
Other effects of the storm included downed trees and wires, and damaged transformers, Surgeoner said.
The first priority in West Virginia will be getting the towers back up because they deliver large amounts of electricity from generating plants to substations, he said. Hopefully, Surgeoner said, the towers will be repaired by Tuesday.
The next priority will be ensuring power to public emergency facilities such as hospitals, water and sewage treatment plants, and emergency services such as police and fire, Surgeoner said.
Then crews will work on restoring power to the largest amount of customers in the least amount of time, he said.
Repairs continue 24 hours a day with crews working 16-hour shifts, resting eight hours and returning to work, Surgeoner said.
FirstEnergy crews from Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Cleveland area are being brought in to help, Surgeoner said.
Outside of FirstEnergy, the company is bringing in contractors from as far away as Michigan to help restore power, Surgeoner said.
Jefferson Memorial Hospital was not affected by the storm, but City Hospital in Martinsburg lost power at about 10:30 p.m. Friday so the emergency generators kicked in, hospital spokeswoman Teresa McCabe said.
The air conditioning for patients on seven floors was not connected to the emergency generators, so hospital staff set up fans and moved some patients to areas with air conditioning until the power was restored at 2 p.m. Saturday, McCabe said. Another generator was on its way to City Hospital from Lexington, Ky., she said.
The emergency department, the intensive-care unit and the cardiac catheterization lab in the new section of the hospital did not lose air conditioning, she said.
City Hospital suspended outpatient testing, diverted trauma calls to other area hospitals and only handled emergency surgeries until the main power was restored Saturday, McCabe said.
In Berkeley County, the Martinsburg Police Department had power restored shortly before 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the police department.
As power came back on in areas in Martinsburg, the Martinsburg Fire Department got occasional calls for downed wires sparking, Fire Capt. Donna Harmison said.