EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWindstorm Causes Damage In Huntington Area
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Darrah Wilcox, Tiersa Davis
Reported: Nov. 1, 2013 12:20 PM EDT
Updated: Nov. 1, 2013 10:28 PM EDT
Kenova , Wayne County , West Virginia
Wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour created headaches for hundreds in Huntington and the surrounding area early Friday.
Trees were lifted off cars and houses and power crews went to work following the early morning squalls.
"I have never seen this much wind damage," Don Whiting said.
Part of Eighth Street, a major traffic artery, was closed after a massive tree brought down traffic lights and power lines.
The Pumpkin House in Kenova, a major Halloween attraction, was also hit.
"I went to bed last night with a pumpkin display,” owner Ric Griffith said. “I woke up with a teenager’s bed room."
The race is on to make repairs for this weekend's crowd, but a massive pumpkin light display was destroyed.
And crews went to work to dismantle what was known as the oldest tree in huntington.
Homeowner Pat Hooter was in bed when the 300 year old tree came crashing into his house.
"It wasn't a boom, but a snapping sound," he said. "I was just waiting for the ceiling to come in."
His home was heavily damaged. Hooten is thankful no one was hurt, but for him this is a major sentimental loss.
Traffic lights were out near the Hal Greer exit in Huntington because of power outages.
Temporary stop signs were set up by Kinetic Park to keep traffic flowing. Several businesses were also affected by the storms, and had to shut down until power could be restored.
Goldy Auto had a sign up to let customers know they wouldn't be selling cars, and hotel guests were in the dark for several hours as well.
Power to most of those traffic lights and businesses was restored by Friday evening.
A popular fall attraction in Wayne County was damaged in Friday morning's storm.
The Pumpkin House in Kenova fell victim to the heavy winds and rain. The pumpkin wall with an electronic light display and music came crashing down. Several pumpkins were smashed in the process.
Pumpkin House organizer and Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith said he slept right through the storm. Volunteers are now working to clean up the mess for Friday evening's crowd.
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