In a live interview on WDBJ7 at 6 Wednesday, Appalachian Power president Charles Patton said the company still expects to have its customers' power restored by the deadlines the company has set.

Earlier Wednesday, Appalachian Power spokesperson Jeri Matheney said the utility was unsure that it could meet those deadlines.

To meet those deadlines, Patton said Appalachian Power will bring in 750 more workers Thursday.

"We are holding to our original forecast," Patton said. "We do believe that we will be able to get power restored to the bulk of our customers by this weekend. In order to ensure that, we are securing another 750 workers who will be on the property (Thursday)."

Click here to watch Patton's interview.

As of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, 97,307 Appalachian Power customers in Virginia were without power. Additionally, 25,003 Dominion Virgina Power customers were without power, as of 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Here are the restoration estimates that Appalachian Power has set:

Thursday night, July 5 – Floyd, Smyth, Tazewell counties

Friday night, July 6 - Bland, Carroll, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe counties

Saturday night, July 7 - Albermarle, Amherst, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, City of Lynchburg, Franklin, Henry, Nelson, Patrick, Pittsylvania and Roanoke counties and City of Roanoke.

As for other area utilities, all power has been restored to customers of the Radford Electrical System.

Danville Utilities says it has restored power to 97 percent of its customers affected by Friday's storm. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, about 400 customers were without service.

The Central Virginia Electric Cooperative still has 151 customers without power.


Appalachian Power says the good news is power has been restored to half of its customers that had been without power.

The bad news? Appalachian Power says it's not sure if it can meet the deadlines it has set to restore power.

"We are worried about making the deadlines that we have set because we are finding so much damage," Appalachian Power spokesperson Jeri Matheney said in an interview on WDBJ7 at Noon.

Matheney said on the 4th of July holiday, they have 3,000 people working. Those crews are finding a lot of damage.

"There is just multiple problems, even for one customer. There might be several things that have to be repaired before that customer is back," Matheney said. "We are just concerned about that, that is one of our biggest issues that we are trying to deal with is 'Wow, the damage is so bad.'"

Matheney said they have 500 poles they have to replace, and that number is likely going to grow.

"There is just so much damage," Matheney said.

According to Governor McDonnell, as of 10 a.m. 176,928 customers are without power across the commonwealth.

That's down 59,911 since 5 p.m. Tuesday. At its peak, 1.2 million people were without power across Virginia following Friday's storm.

McDonnell also says that all hospitals are back on power, and Virginia Dominion Power is a day ahead of schedule for restoration. Virginia Dominion Power expects to have most of its customers back with power Friday night.

Twelve people died across the state from injuries related to Friday's storm. The most recent reported fatality was in Richmond. The deaths across the state include a couple in Bedford County who died in a fire, and a firefighter in Boones Mill who was killed when a tree fell on him as he was trying to help someone who had a tree fall on their car.

“I am pleased that more and more homes are coming back on line, and I am encouraged that the power companies continue to work around the clock on the problem areas, but the high heat in Virginia is a serious ongoing safety concern," McDonnell said. "As everyone continues to work together to get things back to normal, please look out for your friends and neighbors that are still without power and may need a place to cool off."

As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, here are some power outage numbers for Appalachian Power, by county:

County               No. without power

Bedford County - 10,647
Franklin County -  1,400
Lynchburg -         20,115
Montgomery Co. -  5,499
Roanoke City -       13,640
Roanoke Co. -        8,379


Utility crews have restored electricity to nearly two-thirds of the homes and businesses that lost power due to last weekend's deadly storms that swept from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic.

As of late Tuesday, power companies were reporting that 1.07 million customers remained without power. That includes 117,236 Appalachian Power customers who are still without power, and 68,620 Dominion Virginia Power customers who are without power.