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Winds Cause Power Outages, Damage Throughout Region

Reported: Mar. 12, 2014 10:25 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 12, 2014 11:17 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown, Dan Matics) -- Yesterday the weather was beautiful. The sun was shining and it was warm.

But on Wednesday, Mother Nature did a total 180, and the weather caused a headache for many across our region.

Homes went dark and business closed down after wild winds took down power lines.

At the height of things in Fayette County, more than 7,000 customers were left in the dark.

"I was getting [my grandson] off the bus and the bus driver looked at me and said, 'Your power just went out,' " Tammy Bibbee of Charlton Heights said. "And I said, 'Oh great!' "

Thankfully, the power didn't stay off for long though in Fayette County. Crews were able to restore it within hours.

But over in Charleston, recovering from the winds may take a little longer, for one family especially.

A tree came crashing down Wednesday afternoon on a home on Bridge Road in Charleston.

Luckily, no one was hurt.

And while the wind was the obvious problem during the day, ice and snow will be the problem for the night.

"You know, the freezing temperatures is going to be more of a concern probably than the snow for us. So we're prepared," Gary Taylor, with Charleston's city street department, said.

Taylor, like many people, thought our previous snow storm was our last. But with this, hopefully, final round of snow, the crews are ready to go.

"All our trucks have their machines on them. The plows are there have salt on hand we have crews out here," Taylor said. "We have other crews on standby if we need them, we'll bring them out."

The city is running low on salt.

Taylor said there's a little under a thousand tons left for the season plenty to get crews through this round of ice and snow.

And while crews will be working throughout the night, Taylor advises the usual: "If it does freeze and it does get a little slick out there, people need to stay off the roads. They have no business out there. Don't go out there."

And if you're heading out to work or school Thursday morning, give yourself a little extra time just to be on the safe side.

High winds knocked out power to thousands of AEP customers, many of them in Wayne County.

Power workers went at it, with a sense of urgency, as the snow moved and the temperature dropped.

Christina Nelson was one of those impacted in the county.

“No power, and lots of kids, so we are leaving," she said.
Nelson said she had no heat, and she was fed up.

She packed her bags and was heading to a relative's house.

"My husband's down in Florida,” she said “He was bragging about it being 80, and here we are in the cold."



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