Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 1, 2013

High winds knock out power to thousands in W.Va.


Associated Press

CHARLESTON —  High winds from severe storms have knocked out power to thousands of customers in West Virginia.

Appalachian Power says at least 29,000 customers were without electrical service Friday morning.

The outages included more than 11,000 homes and businesses in Wayne County, 8,900 in Cabell County and nearly 3,000 in Lincoln County.

The high winds brought down trees and power lines and caused a roof to collapse at a Huntington business early Friday.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts were measured as high as 66 mph in Clarksburg, 62 mph in Huntington and 61 mph in Parkersburg.

Schools were closed or delayed opening in at least 10 counties.