CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Heavy storms that moved through West Virginia Friday evening and Friday night left thousands of residents without power.
Crews with Appalachian Power and Mon Power were able to make significant progress once the skies calmed.
Appalachian Power reported approximately 5,400 customers still without service at 5 a.m. Saturday, which is less than one percent of the company’s total customers in West Virginia.
Most of the outages remaining were in Kanawha (1,730), Lincoln (730) and Putnam (568) counties.
Mon Power reported less than 100 customers without service Saturday morning with the most being in Doddridge County (80).
After a very busy Friday evening that produced several severe thunderstorm warnings for West Virginia and a tornado warning in parts of Upshur and Randolph counties, the National Weather Service weather map was quiet Saturday morning.
Meteorologists said there’s less of a chance for severe storms Saturday but it’s going to be a warmer day. Temperatures could reach the 90’s in some communities.
The Kanawha Valley was one of the hardest hit areas Friday evening with a hail storm reported north of Charleston and heavy rain that flooded poor drainage areas. The storms forced a 4-hour postponement at the state Track and Field championship meet at Laidley Field in Charleston. The events didn’t end until after midnight.