SEVERE WEATHER: Damage Reported in Kanawha after Latest Storm

High winds, lightning and heavy rain has caused even more problems in the Kanawha Valley.

(WSAZ Photo / John Green)

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The latest round of storms have left more people without power in Kanawha County.

The high winds, lightning and heavy rain during Thursday's storm, left more than 3,000 additional people without power in the county. Before the storm hit more than 38,800 people without power. According to AEP, now more than 42,000 in Kanawha County are without power.

A lightning bolt hit the Metro 911Center in Charleston about 1 p.m., knocking out the agency's phones and radios. The 911 center is still able to take calls from an alternative location. There's no word when service will be restored.

The Kanawha County Emergency Operations Center will now have to move from Metro 911 to the Kanawha County Courthouse. For non-emergency calls to the EOC, contact 304-542-6383 or 304-542-6387.

Meanwhile, the high winds knocked down several more trees throughout the Kanawha County. St. Albans, Elkview and Southridge were the hardest hit areas. Several roads are blocked at this time.

Traffic lights are out along MacCorkle Avenue from Patrick Street to the University of Charleston. Drivers are urged to use caution and treat intersections as 4-way stops.

In Rand, the high winds blew off the roof of a home. The people who lived there tell WSAZ.com no one was hurt.

In downtown Charleston, Virginia Street from Leon Sullivan Way to Brooks Street is closed due to multiple problems, including a sink hole, power lines down and no traffic lights.

The Kanawha County Commission Meeting for Thursday night has been canceled.

"Due to the continued State of Emergency in Kanawha County, as well as the need to continue to serve the citizens with health and safety needs, as well as the issues that occurred at 911 today, I along with my fellow Commissioners felt that it was prudent that we cancel the Commission Meeting tonight," stated Commission President Kent Carper.

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