TOUGH POWER FIX Huge Power Problems Loom North Of Charleston
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Also Contributing: Mark Thompson
Reported: Jul. 3, 2012 6:46 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2012 6:52 PM EDT
EYEWITNESS ONLINE WEBCAST VIDEO C L I C K T O P L A Y
, Clay County
, West Virginia
Friday was not the first time wind knocked down a tree in Clay County , but the destruction is so widespread that the few spots with working power or generators have become the focal points of the rural community.
Facing another sweltering day without electricity drove people to Big Otter Elementary School and a nearby fire station to get away from dangerously hot afternoon conditions. The school library has become a medical ward for people with oxygen needs.
Along Route 4 power and phone crews tried to clean up behind the huge storm that ripped up the county as it swept from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic. A gas station had a working generator and that's proved critical to getting gasoline to smaller home generators, but getting power back to individual homes appears to be a huge task that Clay residents and people in nearby counties will have to sweat out.
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