HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Cabell County was one of the hardest hit areas after Tuesday night's storm passed through the region. The storm snapped trees like twigs, leading to power problems across the county.
Many people woke up without electricity, but some families can't afford to go without. The Richards family is one of them.
"What's really critical for us is that we have a handicapped son that we care for in our home," David Richards said.
So when the lights go out, they can't just pick up and go to a hotel for a few nights. Richards said his son's special needs force them to remain self sufficient inside their home, and an all-house generator has been their lifeline in an area that's prone to go dark.
"A couple of times a year it might go out for a couple of hours, or like today we're going on, what 16 hours that the power's been out?" Richards said.
Yet, with hundreds of lines still down, thousands of customers are still in the dark.
A tree fell on Dovie Dunn’s home along Jefferson Avenue.
"We're heartsick because we do love the house,” Dunn said.
She says she and her husband feel a little jinxed. Another tree fell on the home two years ago when they were in the process of buying it.