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Damage reported after severe thunderstorms move across region

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Multiple areas across Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia have reported damage and power outages following a round of severe thunderstorms early Friday, Feb. 21.

Accoding to Appalachian Power, several hundred customers in Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Logan, and Mingo Counties are without service in West Virginia.

Damage in Kanawha County, WV was reported in the Rocky Fork Lane area of Cross Lanes, where emergency dispatchers said power lines and trees were down.

In St. Albans, WV, a porch blew off a home and into a neighbor's yard on Forrestal Avenue, according to dispatchers.

Open Door Baptist Church off of Madison Avenue in Huntington, WV had portions of its roof blown off. 

Multiple trees and downed power lines have been reported in the western portion of Lincoln County, WV, according to 911 dispatchers.

In Kentucky, officials closed Route 23 between State Route 5 and the Boyd/Greenup County line due to a hill slide, according to Boyd County 911.  That road has been reopened.

In Ohio, S.R. 140 in Jackson County was blocked by tree branches and power lines but has reopened.

Lawrence County, OH 911 reported a tree down in Chesapeake.

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Severe storms are rolling across the region, kicking off high wind advisories, flood watches and advisories, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings as well as a tornado watch for southeast Kentucky through the pre-dawn hours.

Even before the line of storms moved in, there were reports of a 45 mile per hour wind gust in the Portsmouth area that knocked down a tree.  Emergency officials told the National Weather Service the tree fell onto three cars along U.S. Route 23 about a mile north of Portsmouth in the late afternoon hours.  Another tree fell across State Route 140 in Jackson County, Ohio near the 1 mile marker according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Tree limbs can fall with winds gusts anticipated as high as 50 miles per hour according to StormTracker chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins.  

"Even after the storm moves the rain out of here by morning, the wind will remain high so people need to be prepared for that as well as possible power outages in the region," said Adkins.

This is just a portion of a storm that spawned several tornadoes across Illinois earlier in the day, a blizzard warning in Iowa, and very strong winds and severe storms all the way south to the Gulf of Mexico.  

Many rock slides have been reported including a new report just before 12 a.m. Friday morning of a slide that has the southbound sections of I-79 in Sutton blocked.

Watches and warnings instantly appear as a scrolling message on the top of WOWKTV.COM.