NEW INFO: Cleanup Underway Following Devastating Storms; Many Still w/o Power

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

POWER OUTAGES

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands of people throughout our region are without power Tuesday night because of severe weather.

Following are figures from American Electric Power in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday:

Wayne County, W.Va.: 8,542

Cabell County, W.Va.: 292

Kanawha County, W.Va.,: 1,063

Mingo County, W.Va.: 262 

Lawrence County, Ohio: 1,766

Scioto County, Ohio: 2,463

Jackson County, Ohio: 324

Boyd County, Ky.: 6,204

Lawrence County, Ky.: 5,679

Greenup County, Ky.: 1,047

Pike County, Ky.: 10,128

Martin County, Ky.: 3,134

Johnson County, Ky.: 112

 

UPDATE 5/11/11 @ 10:20 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Appalachian Power says 1,300 customers in Wayne County remain without power a day after severe thunderstorms rolled through West Virginia.

The company reported on its website that the county was the only one with customers still without service Wednesday night.

The National Weather Service says the Huntington area received nearly 3 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, while the Charleston area received 1.5 inches of rainfall Tuesday.



UPDATE 5/11/11 @ 12:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands of people remain without power a day after severe thunderstorms rolled through the region.

Appalachian Power reported on its website that more than 3,000 customers in Wayne County remain without electrical service at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Just over 700 are still without power in Kanawha County.

In Ohio, AEP reports 208 customers in Lawrence County are still without power, while in Scioto County the number is 725.

Kentucky Power also reports thousands of outages in eastern Kentucky Wednesday afternoon.

In Pike County, workers are trying to restore service to more than 6,300 customers. The number are a little lower in Lawrence county, Ky. where more than 4,300 customers are still in the dark.

In Boyd County, 2,469 customers are without service In Floyd County it is 1,300 customers, while in Martin county it is 1,284.

Greenup County is in the best shape with 268 customers without service.

No word on outages from several of the local electric cooperatives.



UPDATE 5/10/11 @ 11:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More than 40,000 people were without power late Tuesday night and early Wednesday in our region, the result of severe weather that pummeled much of the Tri-State.

For a look at the exact numbers from each county, check out the accompanying story.

No state in our viewing area was unscathed, with much of the damage from floodwater occurring in Boyd County, Ky., and Lawrence County, Ohio, especially in the Ashland and South Point areas.

In South Point, flooding was reported along Solida and Little Solida Creek, as well as Sandusky Road. Several homes were flooded in the area as storm after storm rolled through. Water rescues also were reported in Lawrence County.

In Huntington, heavy rain forced the closure of all of the city's viaducts during one period Tuesday night, as well as 5th Avenue east of 20th Street.

Several severe weather warnings were issued throughout the night in all three states, including tornado warnings.

Lawrence County, Ky., 911 dispatchers say there is significant damage that appears to be tornado related. Several homes and businesses were damaged in the Louisa area, but no one was hurt. The National Weather Service, however, had not confirmed late Tuesday night if a tornado struck the area. A tornado warning had been issued for part of Lawrence County, Ky., earlier Tuesday night.

We will have much more on this developing story. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 5/10/11 @ 9 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management is reporting approximately 20 homes flooded in Greenup County with 20 to 25 roads closed.

WSAZ.com meteorologist Chris Bailey received reports that a roof was blown off a drug store in Elkhorn City, Ky.

In Jackson County, Ohio, many roads are flooded. Nearly a dozen water rescues were reported there from homes and cars. Boats were used in these, as authorities suspect bridges have been washed away. Three shelters have been set up for victims.

In Boyd County, Ky., there also was widespread flooding reported. Numerous trees were down, with some structural damage reported.

Likewise, flooding affected much of western West Virginia, including in Huntington where 5th Avenue was closed at 20th Street for much of Tuesday night.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 5/10/11 @ 8:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Severe weather continues to impact much of our region Tuesday night, according to National Weather Service reports and authorities.

Several severe weather watches were issued, including tornado warnings in Lewis County, Ky., and parts of Jackson, Gallia and Lawrence counties in Ohio. No actual tornado damage had been reported early Tuesday night.

Several severe thunderstorm warnings also were issued throughout many parts of the Tri-State.

Flooding appeared to be the biggest threat. Among the hardest hit areas were Oak Hill, Ohio, and parts of Boyd County, Ky., including Ashland and Westwood. There were reports of stranded motorists and water rescues, according to dispatchers in Boyd County.

A high water rescue also was reported in Lawrence County, Ohio, dispatchers say. Because of the high volume of calls, they were not able to provide additional details.

WSAZ.com news crews report high water throughout much of Huntington. Fifth Avenue is closed at 20th Street because of high water covering the roadway just east of there.

Just before 8 p.m., there were reports that all of Huntington's viaducts were quickly flooding. By 8:30 p.m., however, the water was quickly receding in all five viaducts.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A round of severe storms Tuesday afternoon have caused flooding across the region. Hail and high winds have been reported.

Dispatchers in Greenup County, Kentucky say they have responded to a report of several people trapped by high water on Muddy Branch Road near Westwood. Flooding has also been reported at several locations along State Route 207 and 503. Flooding has been reported on Short White Oak Road, Irwin Road and Country Club Drive.

In Kenova, West Virginia, high water has closed the underpass. Flooding has also been reported in Catlettsburg and Ashland, Ky.

WSAZ has several crews in the field and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.


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