4 AM Update
I am heading to Ritter Park to report on the damage on the south side of Huntington.
The storm line has maintained its integrity all the way through our area.
One final word, at its min, the pressure dropped below 29.50" of mercury. Folks that's the equivilant of a category one hurricane. Now wonder the winds were so ferocious!
3 AM Damage Assessment
A "Derecho-like" storm passed through the Tri-State region overnight with winds in the 50-60 mile per hour range common. A wind vane on Marshall's campus clocked winds to 65 miles per hour.
While this storm line does not fit the classic definition of a derecho, the fact the storm front has produced damage already over a 7 state area from the Mississippi to the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela shows the cluster of storms packed an abnormal wallop, especially for late fall.
Power is out in downtown Huntington, Morehead Kentucky and parts of the Scioto Valley. We are hearing of the Marathon station in Prichard having the roof blown off.
More to come.
Severe Start to November
The weather ghosts stayed friendly like Casper last evening for Trick or Treaters as just some nuisance showers paraded across the region. Evening temperatures in the 60s were actually a bit too warm for “heavily clad” Ghouls and Goblins.
Then something unusual happened after 9pm that foretold of a stormy late night ahead. The wind freshened and the temperature soared into the 70s by the witching hour.
All the while winds in the heavens above were strengthening to eye-opening speeds reaching in excess of 80 miles per hour from 5,000 to 20,000 feet.
This unusual fall set-up of 70 degree warmth and strong winds in the heavens above set the stage for an impressive spring-like squall line to form and race across the region.
Now we watch the radar light up and await wind damage reports as the overnight wind Ghosts make for an eerie start to the month of November.