Storm Causes Damage in Kanawha County

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Saturday night's storms took their toll across the Tri-state, with many finding out the damage Sunday morning.

"At approximately 4, 4:30 this morning we just heard this loud boom," said Walter Hall.

Needless to say, a tree crashing on his house isn't how Hall wanted to start his Christmas week.

Hall was one of dozens in the Kanawha Valley cleaning up Sunday.

"I had a pine hit my home this morning," said Shannon Blankenship.

Blankenship is Hall's tree serviceman, which proves that nobody was exempt.

"We knew we were going to get some storms, but we didn't know the winds was going to get that high," said Blankenship, who owns Big Bear Tree Care.

However, fallen limbs weren't the only aftermath. Along with flooding, there were also thousands who lost power.

"We've had to move folks around from areas in our company that weren't affected into areas that were and we're also trying to bring in some contractors as well because we have a lot of damage," said Phil Moye, a spokesperson for Appalachian Electric Power.

Add Moye to the list of people who underestimated the storm's potential.

"We really got more wind than we were expecting."

While the cleanup will take a few days, this time of year is all about counting your blessings, to which Hall now has one more.

"The angel should have fallen onto our bedroom, but by the grace of God it just separated and came between the two houses."


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