Rain, power outages dampen weekend

May 6, 2019

HD Media

CHARLESTON - Weekend rains have saturated the area and a Saturday evening storm also knocked out electricity in parts of the region.

Small, scattered outages were reported around the state with an outage just west of Huntington causing a transformer to fail, which knocked out power to Camden Park. West Virginia’s only amusement park was set to open Saturday but rain and then the power outage Sunday bumped opening weekend to May 11-12.

“Apparently last night’s storm blew out a transformer, but they’re putting in a new one tomorrow so everything should be good to go for opening,” said Camden Park owner Jack Boylin on Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere in the state, Kanawha County had 240 customer outages. Boone County saw 723 customer outages, and Logan County experience 93 customer outages Sunday.

Heavy amounts of rain fell around the state this weekend, including the Southern Coalfields and Kanawha County.

About 1 3/4 of an inch to 2 1/4 inch of rain fell in those areas, said Simone Lewis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Roads in Boone, Logan and Kanawha counties were affected the most, Lewis said.

Most of the warnings in these counties expired around 3 a.m. Sunday, Lewis said, and although the water likely had receded on most of the roads by Sunday afternoon, there could still be some debris.

The coming forecast shows sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s on Monday and low 80s on Tuesday.

Even with weekend rains, there is currently no forecast for flooding on major rivers in the region. The Ohio River at Huntington is expected to crest at 34 feet on Tuesday. Flood stage is 50 feet.

The clouds return Wednesday when temperatures will remain in the low 80s but there’s a chance of rain and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service’s website.