Severe weather returns

Many roads were under water in the Chapmanville area following an early morning thunderstorm. Pictured, Gaylocks tows a stranded motorist from Vickers Branch near Big Creek. Gov. Tomblin issued a state of prepareness for 29 counties, including Logan, for Tuesday evening.

LOGAN — A spate of severe storms rolled over the region Monday July 13 and left behind a wake of power outages, road closures and flash flooding.

At 9 p.m. Monday July 13, Appalachian Power (AEP) reported more than 55,000 customers without power in West Virginia, Tennessee and Virginia. AEP reports that 2,400 customers in Logan County, 2,900 customers and Lincoln County, 4,000 customers in Boone County and 4,200 customers in Mingo County were without power Monday night.

The estimated repair for the outages caused Monday is expected to be complete by Wednesday July 15.

In a press release from The Logan County Office of Emergency Management (EOC), citizens with damages to their homes or businesses from the storms on July 13 and 14 are encouraged to contact the EOC. The press release explains, “At this time we are only collecting data for damage to your main living quarters or business. Basements, heating and air conditioning units, garages and out buildings are not being counted at this time. Volunteers will begin conducting damage assessments in the next 48 hours.”

Governor Early Ray Tomblin issued a State of Preparedness Monday July 13 for 35 counties including Logan, Boone, Lincoln, Mingo and McDowell.

In a press release, Tomblin said, “In the past 24 hours, areas of our state have experienced rockslides, mudslides and severe flooding as a result of major storms and substantial rainfall,” Gov. Tomblin said. “State agencies have people in the field to help local offices of emergency management assess local damages, and additional state resources have been mobilized to prepare for a second major storm event expected to hit Monday evening. As the forecast evolves over the next 24 hours, I encourage West Virginians to gather supplies necessary to prepare for flooding, power outages, downed electric lines and downed trees. As you make preparedness plans, I encourage you to talk to your family about what to do and where to go. Remember to check on the elderly and your neighbors, and consider a plan to care for household pets.”

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