Storm causes power outages in region

April 15, 2019

HUNTINGTON - A strong storm Sunday left many Appalachian Power customers without electricity.

As of 8:15 p.m. Sunday, 920 customers were affected in Cabell County and 1,174 customers in Wayne County. Lincoln County had the most customers without power at 1,310.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Sunday as a severe thunderstorm was expected to bring wind gusts up to 45 mph. It included 13 West Virginia counties, including Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Putnam, Boyd County, Kentucky, and Lawrence County, Ohio.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma issues a watch when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in a certain region. It is different from a warning, which would mean a tornado was spotted or imminent.

Monday’s forecast calls for clouds with a high of 55. Tuesday and Wednesday will see temperatures back in the 70s.