Storms cause power outages Tuesday

PARKERSBURG – Area residents experienced power outages Tuesday night after a storm hit the Mid-Ohio Valley.

MonPower reported outages from the strong winds and lightning that started around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

John Norman, external affairs manager, said at 10 p.m. Tuesday an estimated 85 customers were without electricity in the region. He said about 82 were in Wirt County, but the company did not expect the outages to last long. Maintenance crews and workers were en route to problem areas all night, he said.

Ken Batty, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston, said the storm was from a front arriving from the west. There is a 40 percent chance another storm will hit today, he said.

A warm pattern will arrive today bringing high temperatures in the mid-70s, Batty said. Thursday will see temperatures in the mid-80s; there is a chance of more thunderstorms Friday.

The storm will cause temperatures to fall again and Saturday’s high might only reach 52 degrees, Batty said.

“So it will be a lot cooler for the weekend,” Batty said.

A dispatcher with the Wood County 911 Center said there were no serious traffic accidents during the storm.