The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

March 24, 2011

Storms cause some power outages in area

No major damage was immediately reported, but several thousand people were without power, according to AEP, after a line of severe thunderstorms passed through southern West Virginia Wednesday evening.

More than 17,000 West Virginia AEP customers were listed without power as of 9 p.m., according the company’s website, but most of the reported damage from the storm was limited to downed trees.

Authorities with the Raleigh County Emergency Operations Center said there were several reports of downed trees along Routes 1 and 3. A dispatcher said a 911 call was placed reporting lines down on Route 1 near Home School Village in Colcord, but Whitesville Fire Department responded, and that report appeared unfounded.

The Raleigh County EOC also said there were no major accidents immediately reported as a result of the inclement weather.

In Fayette County, a dispatcher said there were several reports of downed trees, and the Sheriff’s Department reported a power outage near Gauley Bridge but “nothing major.”

As of 8:15 p.m., AEP reported 2,290 customers without power in Fayette County, the most among southern West Virginia counties at the time. An hour later, that number dropped to 1,556, but 1,246 customers in Raleigh County were listed without power. In Nicholas County, it was reported 322 customers were without power, along with 312 in McDowell County.

A dispatcher with the Greenbrier County EOC said there were reports of trees down on back roads and phone lines knocked down on Teaberry Road but no major damage.

The expected powerful line of storms forced the National Weather Service in Charleston early Wednesday afternoon to issue a tornado watch for Raleigh, Fayette, Wyoming, Nicholas, Pocahontas and McDowell counties until 9 p.m. Wednesday, while the NWS in Blacksburg, Va. issued a tornado watch for Greenbrier, Summers and Monroe counties through 10 p.m.

— Nick Brockman

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