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Wind gusts top 50 mph; little damage done in central W.Va.

November 19, 2013
By Tim MacVean - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

ELKINS - A wind storm Sunday night resulted in some property damage and brief power outages in Randolph County, officials said.

Much of West Virginia was hit by the large string of storms that started Sunday evening and continued into the overnight hours. A spokesman from the National Weather Service in Charleston said wind gusts of 57 mph were reported in Elkins, with 63 mph gusts logged in Lorentz, five miles west of Buckhannon.

The NWS also reported wind damage along Kingsville Road, north of Pumpkintown, that caused trees to fall onto power lines.

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High winds tore a canopy off its frame at the Smoker Friendly’s store in downtown Elkins Sunday night. (The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean )

"We did experience some widespread power outages but the system help up better than we thought," said Greg Hefner, FirstEnergy's external affairs manager for Randolph County. "We didn't have nearly as many customers out of power as we anticipated with this storm."

Hefner said about 7,600 customers statewide lost power due to the storm, with the most outages occurring around 10 p.m. Sunday night when the winds were at their peak. By 8 a.m. Monday morning, the number of outages was down to about 1,100.

Hefner said the most impacted areas were Clarksburg, Parkersburg and Morgantown, while 450 people lost power in the Parsons area.

Elkins saw considerably less impact, with the storms dying down as they traveled east of Interstate 79. Hefner reports that MonPower spent much of Monday cleaning up and working to restore power to those customers who were still experiencing outages. To report a power outage in your area call 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877).

In the Elkins area, high winds toppled a sign at the Youth Health Services office and shredded a canopy at the Smoker Friendly's store downtown.



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