UPDATE: Storm Causes Damage in Parts of Cabell County

By: Sarah Sager; Steve Eschleman Email
By: Sarah Sager; Steve Eschleman Email

UPDATE 7/25/11 @ 8:05 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Hughes Branch and Davis Creek roads, just south of Huntington, were in the path of a brief severe thunderstorm Sunday evening.

Bob Davis, who lives along Hughes Branch Road, say it has been many years since he's seen this much damage.

"I've lived here 26 years and don't recall anything this severe that came and went so quickly," Davis said, "It only lasted two to three minutes."

The wind toppled trees across his driveway and ripped utility wires from the house. But a much larger tree fell on his neighbors roof, causing serious damage.

The storm then made a beeline to Davis Creek about a mile away. It caused more damage, bringing down trees. The rain that followed turned yards into rivers. And another huge tree fell, crushing a car and the back of Craig Jeffrey's home.

"The back porch is caved in," Jeffrey said. "(The) laundry room, all that's gone -- rain damage."

But there are blessings to count.

"(We're) very thankful no one was hurt, nobody was in the house. We were in the front of the house," Jeffrey said. "Everything went good on that part anyway."

As of late Monday afternoon, nearly 950 people were still without power.

Crews were working on restoring electricity to the affected residents. They hope to have that finished by Monday night or Tuesday.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/22/11
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Instead of walking, several people had to swim from their car after it got stuck in high water at a viaduct.

It happened after 7 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in Barboursville.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com three to four people had to be rescued from the car after it became stuck.

No one was hurt, but the car had to be towed.

Dispatchers also say the Barboursville Fire Department is currently working on anther rescue on Alternate Route 10.

Officials say trees are down, causing part of the road to be closed.

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