Severe thunderstorms down trees, knock out power to thousands
HUNTINGTON/CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Severe thunderstorms tore through much of the region Monday night, downing trees and knocking out power to thousands.
The fast-moving storm line, which progressed through the region from northwest to the southeast, spawned several severe thunderstorm warnings, including in Cabell and Kanawha counties where the National Weather Service advised of winds up to 70 mph and quarter-size hail.
Just before midnight, Metro 911 in Kanawha County urged drivers to be cautious due to “multiple reports” of downed trees and power lines. “Treat all down trees as if they have live power lines in them,” the agency stated.
Trees were reported down throughout much of the Tri-State, including in parts of southeast Ohio, according to WSAZ Chief Meteorologist Tony Cavalier. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio was advising drivers to be extra careful due to downed trees and power lines, including several streets in Oak Hill with partial closures.
As of 9:30 p.m., American Electric Power reported the following outages in West Virginia:
- Cabell County – 6,663
- Lincoln County – 3,230
- Wayne County – 1,609
- Mason County – 2,275
- Putnam County – 1,100
- Kanawha County – 1,726
- Jackson County – 1,274
In southeast Ohio, AEP reported the following outages:
- Scioto County - 7,026
- Jackson County - 3,414
- Meigs County - 3,074
- Gallia County - 1,415
- Lawrence County - 538
- Pike County - 5,343
- Vinton County - 1,443
- Athens County - 1,935
By comparison, outages in eastern Kentucky were minimal.
There are no immediate reports of injuries due to storm damage. The storms followed extreme heat and humidity, including heat indices in the high 90s.
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