STORMTRACKER 13 (WOWK) – A complex of severe thunderstorms rocked the area this evening with damaging winds and large hail, resulting in thousands being without power.
The storms began to fire up around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon in southern Ohio and quickly raced to the south and east, resulting in many area counties being under a severe thunderstorm warning at some point over the following several hours.
Hail was the dominate severe weather characteristic to strike our area, though trees were reported down as well, including a partial hillslide collapse on East Dupont Avenue.
Perhaps the strongest of the storms took place over northern Kanawha County in the Frame/Elkview/Big Chimney area, where our exclusive Baron Triple Threat estimated hailstones the size of 3″ in diameter. Some of the largest hailstones were reported in that area.
Heavy rainfall from this line of storm, along with storms from early in the morning also resulted in some local high water issues, particularly along MacCorkle Avenue, as well as other typical ponding/low-lying areas.
The storms quickly shifted south of the region by 9 p.m.