Summer thunderstorms rolled across the Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia in the late afternoon and evening, knocking down trees and powerlines and temporarily putting some people in the dark.
As of 11 PM, AEP reported just under 3,000 customers in Kanawha County without power. Most other surrounding counties had only several hundred customers in the dark.
Brief gusty winds and lightning were the main culprits in bringing down scattered power lines and some trees. A tree was reported to have fallen on a residence in Granstville in Calhoun County but otherwise structural damage was minimal.
The highest wind gust, a hurricane-force 75 mph, was measured in Albany west of Athens, Ohio. Surprisingly, little to no damage was reported in that area despite the passage of a severe storm.
Storms are expected to continue into the overnight but the focus now shifts more to heavy rain than wind. Downpours will clog up storm drains in some spots and drivers are urged to find alternate routes if they find their path blocked by high water, especially at night.
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