CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Early morning storms Wednesday across West Virginia knocked out power service to more than 6,000 customers, blocked roads and produced winds that will usher in colder temperatures for the latter half of the work week.
The line of storms included lots of thunder and lightning. A steeple was blown off a church in Point Pleasant and nearby a trampoline was picked up by the wind and thrown into some power lines.
The National Weather Service posted wind advisories for Wednesday for the Northern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle and North Central West Virginia counties. Gusts up to 50 mph are possible.
Flood warnings remained in effect early Wednesday morning in Pleasants, Ritchie, Doddridge, Wirt, Tyler, Jackson, Wood, Harrison, Marshall and Ohio counties. The lingering showers could produce some snow in the eastern mountains by Wednesday afternoon.
Weather likely contributed to a coal truck wreck in eastern Kanawha County. The truck skidded of Lens Creek Road and clipped off a power pole. There have been a number of mud and rock slides. One of the more notable rock slides is along Route 2 in between Paden City and Sistersville where dispatchers said the road was closed indefinitely.
There are colder temperatures behind the storms. The day began in the 60s in many areas but were expected to end up in the 40s. The extended forecast shows the chance for snow on Saturday.