CHATTAROY – Last Friday’s severe thunderstorm that rolled through the Tug Valley area knocked out electricity for hundreds of customers in the Chattaroy, Dans Branch and Borderland areas of Mingo County. Power outages were also reported in parts of Williamson and other communities.
The power was out for more than 48 hours for some residents. Many did not get their electricity back on until Sunday morning around 10:30 a.m.
Several trees were blown over and other damages reported in the Chattaroy area. Several residents reported very strong winds swept through the Howard Hollow area of that community.
A swing was blown into the Dotson family swimming pool and a metal flag pole snapped like a toothpick.
Many smaller limbs were blown over and into the roadways. No injuries were reported from the storm.
The annual Chattaroy Junior High School reunion this past weekend, which was held at the picnic shelter beside the Chattaroy Church of God, went on despite not having any power during both nights. On Saturday, generators were brought in for the second night of the event.
About 7,200 customers remained without electricity two days after severe thunderstorms in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky.
Appalachian Power stated on its website that about 6,000 customers in Raleigh County were without service Sunday evening. The company says broken and uprooted trees caused widespread damage in the county.
Other remaining outages were in Fayette, Logan, McDowell and Summers counties.
The utility says nearly 65,000 customers lost service at the peak of the storm.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)