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Many drivers caught right in the middle of storm

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As the storms rolled through the area Thursday morning, many drivers were caught right in the middle of heavy rain and high winds.

Beth Bressler and her family were driving back from Florida when they got caught in a heap of rain on their way back to Ohio.

They stopped at Love's Truck Stop in Ripley to wait it out.

"I was watching the weather and I have a satellite map on my phone and it was telling me that we were coming into bad weather so I thought let's pull over," she said.

With four small children asleep in the back, she decided to pull over.  She said the weather wasn't worth risking their lives on the road.

"It's kind of scary and frightening but what can you do about it? Just pray," her mother, Ann Heckman said.

She said the wait was a small price to pay.

"That's what's most important is safety.  After Alabama, and the tornadoes that had come through and the people in the cars, you know, you want to be somewhere where you can take cover and not on the roads," she said.

Love's lost power briefly Thursday morning.

At one point, more than 1,000 customers were without power in Jackson County.

Other parts of the state saw heavy flooding, including Roane County.  West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in Roane County.