The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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.