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Minimal Damage Reported After Storm System Moves Through Area

Reported by: Send eMail Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Also Contributing: Brandon Stover, Dave Benton, Dan Matics, Jim Barach
Reported: Nov. 17, 2013 3:32 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 17, 2013 11:41 PM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Severe storms moved through the Eyewitness News viewing area Sunday night, delivering heavy rain and high winds and knocking out power to some residents.

The heaviest of the storms passed through Putnam, Jackson and Roane counties and the northern part of the viewing region, according to meteorologist Brandon Stover. Brief, heavy downpours and wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph winds were reported.

Most of the stronger activity had moved east of the region by 11 p.m.

The region only saw minor reports of damage, with reports of trees down in Wayne County and in Central Park in Ashland. The area had been on high alert after the storm system had caused major damage in midwestern states earlier in the day.

Stover said damage from fallen trees was minimized, due to the leaves having fallen and making trees more resistant to high winds.

Gusts of about 45 mph were reported in Charleston and Huntington.

Heavy rains and wind were also reported in Huntington and the Point Pleasant/Gallipolis area.

As of 10:40 p.m. AEP reported more than 4,700 customers without power in West Virginia. Counties affected included Kanawha, Roane, Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mercer and Mingo.

The hardest hit were Roane County, where nearly 1,900 were without power, and
Putnam County, where more than 1,700 customers were affected.

Pike, Athens, Lawrence, Washington and Scioto counties were affected in Ohio, causing 1,790 to lose power.

Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties were affected in Kentucky, causing about 400 to lose power.

Stover said the worst of the storms occurred north of the Kanawha Valley.

A wind advisory remained in effect overnight.




Severe storms moved through the Eyewitness News viewing area Sunday night, delivering heavy rain and high winds and knocking out power.

The heaviest of the storms passed through Putnam, Jackson and Roane counties, according to meteorologist Brandon Stover. Brief, heavy downpours and wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph winds were reported.

Heavy rains and wind were also reported in Huntington and the Point Pleasant/Gallipolis area.

As of 10:40 p.m. AEP reported more than 4,700 customers without power in West Virginia. Counties affected included Kanawha, Roane, Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mercer and Mingo.

The hardest hit were Roane County, where nearly 1,900 were without power, and Putnam County, where more than 1,700 customers were affected.

Pike, Athens, Lawrence, Washington and Scioto counties were affected in Ohio, causing 1,790 to lose power.

Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties were affected in Kentucky, causing about 400 to lose power.

Stover said the worst of the storms occurred north of the Kanawha Valley.

A wind advisory remained in effect overnight.




Severe storms moved through the Eyewitness News viewing area Sunday night.

The heaviest of the storms were passing through Putnam, Jackson and Roane counties at about 9:45 p.m., according to meteorologist Brandon Stover. Brief, heavy downpours and wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph winds were reported.

Heavy rains and wind were also reported in Huntington and the Point Pleasant/Gallipolis area.

Power outages were reported by Appalachian Power in Jackson, Cabell and Wayne counties in West Virginia; Pike, Athens, Washington and Scioto counties in Ohio; and Carter and Greenup counties in Kentucky.

Stover said the worst of the storms were occurring north of the Kanawha Valley and that the threat of severe weather should pass by about 10:15 p.m.

Stover said the threat of tornadoes from the storm system had diminished, but a wind advisory remained in effect overnight.

Emergency crews and utility workers were ready Sunday.

“We've seen weather patterns coming, so that gives us the opportunity to prepare,” Phil Moye, of AEP, said. “We are preparing we have all our workers, as well as local contractors on standby. They've all been asked to be packed and ready to go first thing Monday morning.”

The Charleston fire department was also prepped and ready to roll if emergency calls came in.

“We're at a state of readiness at all times,” Cpt. David Basham said. “When we come in the morning, we make sure our equipment is ready to go at all times.”




Severe weather is forecast for the Eyewitness News viewing area for late Sunday, as a line of strong storms moves into the area.

According to Eyewitness News meteorologist Brandon Stover, heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 50 mph can be expected for most of the region, with some areas receiving winds in excess of 60 mph. An isolated tornado could be possible in Ohio and Kentucky.

The storms should arrive in southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky at about 8 p.m. As they move east, Huntington can expect to be affected around 10 p.m. and the storms should arrive in Charleston at about 11 p.m.

The severe weather should clear the region around midnight, Stover said.

A wind advisory in effect until 4 a.m. Monday

Temperatures will be in the 60s for much of Sunday, but hit could 70 as the storms near.



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