CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Banks operating in West Virginia weathered superstorm Sandy well, reporting only a few offices closed because of a lack of electricity.
"All things considered, we weathered the storm fairly well," City National Bank spokesman Craig Stilwell said. "We did have seven or eight branches (of our network of 71) down from time to time on Tuesday, due to lack of power, but fortunately all of them were in areas where we had other branches open within a close proximity.
"For example, the South Hills office was down, but Kanawha City and the other Charleston offices were open," he said. "Our Operations Center in Cross Lanes was fully operational due to a generator we maintain to ensure no loss of power.
"On Wednesday morning, City National only had four branches closed. All were shuttered because they lacked power."
Other conveniences that customers have become accustomed to were available as well.
"Our automated teller machines at all other branches were available, including 36 ATMs that are made available to City customers through a partnership we have with One Stop convenience stores," Stilwell said.
WesBanco's Sissonville branch office now has power and is open for business, Brenda Robertson, president of WesBanco's Kanawha Valley Region, said Thursday morning.The branch had been closed because of a lack of electricity.
A United Bank employee who asked not to be quoted said Wood County, where United has numerous offices, "was pretty lucky to have just gotten rain and winds that didn't do much damage."
United's branch at the Charleston Town Center mall was open Tuesday afternoon, but the automated teller machine outside the office was not in service. It is one of the busiest United ATMs in the state.
Emily Bartram, United's regional retail sales manager, said in an email that the machine was in "supervisory mode" from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. "This is the result when the ATM is being serviced for things such as loading ink, paper or to replenish cash," Bartram wrote.