More than 75,0000 Appalachian Power Virginia customers lost electricity by mid-day Sunday as high winds blew across the company’s service territory, knocking down trees and sending debris into power lines.

Weather reports show that the restoration effort will be complicated with continuing high winds in the worst hit areas throughout Sunday night and early Monday. For this reason, and because new outages continue to be reported, the company is asking customers without power to prepare for a lengthy outage. Most customers should have power by midnight Tuesday, but some more severely damaged parts of the RoanokeValley may be without power until midnight Wednesday.