6:00: Morning News

Storms cause wet conditions, power outages

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thousands of West Virginians woke up Sunday morning without electricity and plenty of rain.

Appalachian Power reported at 10 a.m. around 5,000 customers were without power with most cases in Mercer County (1,501 customers). Services are expected to be restored by mid-afternoon Sunday.

As for rainfall, much of the state saw between a half-inch and one inch of precipitation, but National Weather Service meteorologist Simone Lewis said residents in southern West Virginia saw more accumulation.

“Some of those locations saw an inch-and-a-half to a little over two inches of rain in the last 24 hours,” she said. “Most of the flooding we have received reports of has occurred down in the southern coalfields, Boone County, parts of Kanawha County were hard hit in terms of flood issues.”

Lewis said scattered showers will continue through the morning before clearing in the afternoon.

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