The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Latest News

June 14, 2013

Area escapes major damage from storms

Warnings and watches for strong storms, including significant rainfall and high, damaging winds, didn’t go unnoticed Thursday, but for the most part the area was spared from severe weather.

Local county emergency operation centers Thursday afternoon reported that they received calls for some downed tree limbs, but no other storm-related damage or emergencies. There were some electrical outages, though.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Appalachian Power reported more than 3,000 Fayette County customers were without electric. Appalachian had fewer customers without power in other surrounding counties, including 242 in Nicholas County and 606 in Raleigh County. Areas served by Mon Power, including Nicholas, Greenbrier and Summers counties, had very few sporadic outages affecting 50 or fewer customers. Shortly after 5 p.m., however, both companies had restored the majority of their customers’ electric.

Flooding was also predicted, but according to the National Weather Service, no flooding was reported by 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Roane County and more northern West Virginia counties did experience flooding, though.

Tom Mazza, meteorologist at the NWS, said there was no damage with the severe thunderstorm warning issued for our area between 1:24 p.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday. He did say there were some strong lines of wind, but “it was hit and miss.” Bluefield had the strongest wind guest in southern West Virginia with a reported 63 mile-per-hour gust. Beckley’s strongest gust — 40 miles per hour — was reported at 1:45 p.m. Thursday.

Today, sunshine is expected to roll back into the area with high temperatures in the low 70s. The warmth and sunshine should stick around through Sunday, but rain and thunderstorms could be back Monday.

 

1
Text Only
Latest News
  • rock VIdeo: Experts dislodge precariously perched remnant of a rockslide

    A highly-trained crew in climbing gear hoisted chainsaws and other specialized equipment high above the road in Hinton Tuesday morning to remove a boulder that hung precariously above a busy intersection.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Preliminary hearing set for Bluefield ‘warlock’

    A Bluefield man who police say used a promise of magical spells to lure children into committing sexual acts with him remains incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail in Beaver on multiple sexual assault and sexual abuse charges.

    April 23, 2014

  • New River Gorge fire still burning

    Firefighters are still trying to control the fire at Fern Creek along the Endless Wall area of the New River Gorge, according to a press release from the National Park Service on Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014

  • fff Experts help growing entrepreneurs

    John Yates wants to grow potatoes to supply Monroe County schools.
    He’s got a business plan, he can get the equipment and 3 tons of seed potatoes. The land for lease in Sweet Springs is farther from his Ballard home than he’d like, but with a little help, the active duty Army staff sergeant and his sister Rebecca are ready to begin.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rahall calls meeting on W.Va.’s drug problem

    U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall says he has arranged a roundtable discussion with federal and West Virginia officials on the state’s prescription drug abuse and trafficking problems.

    April 23, 2014

  • Arch Coal reports wider 1Q loss

    Arch Coal Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter loss widened as weaker prices and demand cut into its margins, prompting the mine operator to shave its outlook for shipments of coal used in making steel.

    April 22, 2014

  • Former Concord University police officer sentenced on sex charge involving juvenile

    A former Concord University police officer was sentenced Tuesday to a term of 10 to 20 years in prison on a single count of sexual abuse by a parent or custodian.

    April 22, 2014

  • Bly6bH3CYAA6Xdl.jpg-large.jpeg UPDATE: Ill. crew helps fight New River Gorge fire

    An Illinois-based firefighting crew has joined the effort to contain a wildfire in the New River Gorge National River.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thunderstorms, showers heading our way

    Today’s forecast lurches us a little further toward real spring weather, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible after 2 p.m.

    April 22, 2014

  • State spring gobbler season to open next week

    The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says spring gobbler season will open Monday and run through May 24.

    April 22, 2014