UPDATE | NWS confirms second tornado touched down in Charleston in late June

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WV MetroNews/WSAZ) – UPDATE 7/12/19 @ 7:20 p.m.
The National Weather Service in Charleston has confirmed a second tornado touched down in Charleston during a June 24 storm.

A viewer in Mink Shoals, West Virginia sent us this photo. Parts of Kanawha County were under a tornado warning.

NWS told MetroNews Friday afternoon that an EF-0 tornado with wind speeds around 80 mph touched down just after 7 p.m. that night near Spring Hill Cemetery traveling less than 1 mile and ending at the southern edge of Yeager Airport property.

An EF-1 tornado wreaked havoc for 8.2 miles that same evening when it started near the Lincoln-Kanawha County border and ended near the Kanawha River in downtown Charleston.

The EF-1 tornado had estimated winds of 95 mph and traveled through places such as Alum Creek, up U.S Route 119 and into South Hills.

NWS said the EF-0 traveled .83 miles and had a maximum path width of 75 yards and traveled northeast toward Twilight Drive. The path of the second tornado included crossing Twilight Drive tearing down trees and moving towards an open field before hitting Keystone Drive, blowing off a church steeple.

The tornado dissipated up the adjacent hill to the southern edge of Yeager Airport property.

Kanawha County had over 24,000 power outages at the height of the June 24 storm that also included a microburst along Sissonville Drive with winds between 90 and 100 mph.



UPDATE 6/25/19 @ 12:15 p.m.
Officials with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston confirmed a tornado was the cause of damage in Kanawha County Monday.

A NWS survey team found damage consistent with a tornado in the Alum Creek area. The damage was in the vicinity of U.S. 119.

The team is working its way north, surveying damage toward the South Hills and Southridge areas and then eventually Charleston.

We reported Monday that the major storms caused trees and power lines to fall.

As of noon Tuesday, there are still more than 16,500 AEP customers without power in Kanawha County. You can check the outage status here.

UPDATE 6/24/19 @ 10:45 p.m.
After major storms hit Charleston Monday afternoon, some major roads in the city were shut down due to damage.

Kanwaha Blvd. and Bridge Rd. were shut down while crews clean up fallen trees and power lines on these roads.

One woman on Bridge Rd. was trapped after a tree fell on her house, but a neighbor kicked in the door and rescued her.

Reports of trees and power lines down have been made across the area.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for updates on storm damage.



ORIGINAL STORY
After a brief tornado warning was issued Monday evening in parts of Kanawha County, there are multiple reports of damage in some areas.

Trees are reported down in parts of the county, including in the 800 block of Scenic Drive -- located off Greenbrier Street in Charleston.

According to the Charleston Fire Department, the call was dispatched as someone trapped inside a home by a falling tree at that location.

The tornado warning also caused a recess in the West Virginia Senate chambers during the ongoing special session about education reform. Lights flickered inside the chamber at the time.

A viewer in the Mink Shoals area sent us a photo of what appears to be a funnel cloud.

According to our media partner WV MetroNews, damage was reported in Sissonville, South Hills in Charleston and areas north of the Capital City.

The Kanawha County Commission issued a statement later Monday night, saying the damage appears to have been caused by a tornado.

"It is my belief that a tornado touched down in several areas of the county," Commission President Kent Carper said in a release. "This will be verified by the National Weather Service, however based on damage we are seeing and pictures that have been provided it appears a tornado touched down in Kanawha County.

Commissioners say the hardest hit areas appear to be along Corridor G, South Hills, Kanawha State Forest and the Elk River area.

We have crews out in parts of Charleston and surrounding areas of the county that appeared to have sustained the worst damages.

The tornado warning was radar indicated. There is no official confirmation at this time that a tornado actually formed or touched down.

Meanwhile, nearly 20,000 people are without power in Kanawha County alone.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.


Berry Hill Road in Charleston is among the hard-hit areas from severe weather.
People who live on Bridlewood Road in the South Hills area of Charleston show WSAZ storm damage following a tornado in Kanawha County.