By Rusty Marks and Rachel Molenda
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Most West Virginians woke up to subzero temperatures on Tuesday — and for some, the day that followed was filled with frozen water pipes, cars that wouldn’t start and desperate attempts to stay warm.
But the biggest problem for many West Virginians was power outages. Thousands of people woke up without electricity in temperatures that were the coldest the state had seen in nearly two decades.
Appalachian Power, which supplies electricity to most of the southern half of West Virginia, reported 3,665 customers without power Tuesday morning, including hundreds in Cabell, Mercer and Raleigh counties.
“The highest demand for power seems to be early-morning hours,” said Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye. “And today that’s when we had the most outages.”
PJM Interconnection, which operates the power grid in West Virginia and other states, asked users around the region to conserve electricity on Tuesday afternoon.
By Tuesday evening, Apco had restored power to most places in West Virginia except Lincoln County, where nearly 2,000 customers remained without power…