Neighbors Digging Out in Putnam County

By: Katelyn Sykes Email
By: Katelyn Sykes Email

PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Superstorm Sandy dropped heavy snow across West Virginia on Tuesday, leaving many folks digging out their shovels.

While most areas across the state were forecast to get several inches of snow, some towns got a little more than expected. One of those areas is Hurricane in Putnam County.

Roger Hughes spent his lunch break Tuesday, shoveling snow at his mother-in-law’s home in Hurricane.

"It's very, very heavy,” he said. “And we have trees bent down this morning ready to break. So that was a concern to us with this kind of heavy snow."

Hughes said he got about 5 or 6 inches of snow overnight -- an amount he wasn’t expecting.

"Surprised. We thought it would be a skiff of snow. We're just surprised to see this this morning," Hughes said.

"I didn't think we was going to get this much snow,” Hurricane resident Louis Smith said. “We haven’t seen this much snow in a little while."

It was quite the surprise for Louis Smith, as well. Smith was digging out a parking lot, as inches of slush and snow started to pile up.

"I wasn't real sure I was going to make it to work," he said.

Those conditions were seen throughout much of Putnam County. Heavy snow closed parts of Route 34, left tree branches snapped in half and caused power lines to fall across roadways.

Jerry Maynard was checking on his daughter and granddaughters who called and told him they lost power.

"Unfortunately, the area I live in up here we get this two to three times a year because some large pine trees on the hill, the wet snow and wet ground, they come down and take the lines out," Maynard said.

Now folks are left digging out as this surprising early winter snow continues to fall.

"If you don't get started now it'll probably never get done," Hurricane resident Jacob Howell said.

Forecasters said Putnam County was expected to get anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow. Those amount ranged from anywhere to an inch in the valley towns to 6 inches on the hills.

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