High winds disrupt power

PARKERSBURG – A strong storm line moved through the area around 10 p.m. Tuesday, leaving families without power due to high winds, officials said.

In Wood and Wirt counties, MonPower reported 240 customers without electricity in isolated pockets in the Parkersburg area, with additional outages near the communities of Slate, Saulsbury, Walker and Valley Mills as of 11 p.m.

In Ohio, American Electric Power reported 15,000 customers without power, including 211 in Washington County, 1,600 in Athens County and 1,300 in Meigs County, Tuesday night.

Elsewhere in West Virginia, American Electric Power reported more than 61,000 customers in the dark throughout the state. This included 16,000 customers without power in Cabell County, 8,900 in Wayne County, 3,000 in Lincoln County, 4,300 in Kanawha County, 6,000 in Fayette County, and a few hundred without power each in Mason, Jackson, Putnam, Roane, Clay, Nicholas and Greenbrier counties at 11 p.m.

Wood, Wirt, Roane and Jackson counties were placed under a severe thunderstorm warning at 9:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Charleston. The storm reportedly had winds in excess of 60 mph and hail.

The storm lost momentum as it entered the Parkersburg area, said Bo Wriston, director of emergency services for Wirt County, on his Facebook page Tuesday night.

Police scanner traffic reported trees and power lines down throughout Wood County, mostly affecting small-scale areas or only a few homes at a time.

Thunder and lightning were reported to be strong throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley with this storm line.

The severe thunderstorm warning for Wood, Wirt, Roane and Jackson counties was canceled around 10 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.