UPDATE 7/9/12 @ 5:45 p.m.
KANAWHA CITY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sunday’s storms left behind a new path of destruction.
One of the hardest hit neighborhoods is Kanawha City in Charleston.
Crews were out Monday, clearing trees and repairing power lines, while homeowners were trying to piece their lives back together.
The destruction can be seen all over the city: first, the Wendy’s sign blown out; and across the street, a bank sign shows neither time nor temperature. Meanwhile, the stoplight at the intersection is not red, yellow or green.
A couple blocks farther and you can see a tree has toppled over onto a house and business. The owners of the building say there’s a lot of cleaning up to do.
"Ceiling tiles down in the employee kitchen and water coming in, and so we started investigating and noticed numerous leaks coming in various locations,” business owner Debbie Rada said.
If you keep driving along MacCorkle Avenue you’ll notice the power is still out. But at Kid Care Pediatrics, they rigged up the building to keep the practice going. Take a generator, yards and yards of extension cords, lanterns and fans, and you have a doctor’s office open for business.
"Well, we just hate to see the sick kids have to end up in the E.R. somewhere,” pediatrician Christy Robinson said. “We want to be able to take care of them ourselves, if we can, so we were at least trying to provide emergency care this morning and this afternoon."
Despite a neighborhood hit over and over, neighbors are trying to keep things positive.
"You can smile cause what else are you going to do," Rada said.
AEP was in town Monday morning making sure electricity wasn’t flowing through the power lines before the tree service started cleaning up the area.
Unless businesses in the area have generators, they’ll be closed until power is restored. AEP expects that to happen by Tuesday night.
In Kanawha County, AEP is reporting that approximately 21,000 customers are now without power as a result of Sunday's storms.
The Kanawha County Commission has received reports of power outages in the Pinch area as well as in Clendenin, Kanawha City, Dupont City, Loudendale, Fort Hill and Malden.
Strong winds knocked down power lines this afternoon that covered a part of I-64 in Huntington near the nine mile marker. That section of I-64 has since been reopened.
Also in Cabell County, power lines were knocked down at the intersection of Route 60 and Davis Creek Road in Barboursville. Drivers were stuck in traffic while crews fixed the lines. That road is now reopen.
WSAZ.com's Tony Cavalier reports that the Ceredo-Kenova area was without power as of 5 p.m. this evening.
In Kentucky, the Deputy Diretor of Emergency Management in Martin County has told WSAZ.com that a massive tree has fallen on a house and is also across the road on Kentucky Rt. 40 in the Beauty area. This is a main access road for the Warfield area. A detour will be setup at Kentucky Rt. 2032.
Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest updates surrounding this new round of storms that have hit our area.
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