Update: Possible tornado hits Charleston area

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) –

UPDATE: Right around 7 p.m. a tornado warning was issued for parts of Kanawha County and a damaging storm with a possible tornado rolled through the Southridge and South Hills area into Downtown Charleston, up the I-79 corridor and Yeager Airport area and eventually up toward Elkview before the warning was changed to a severe thunderstorm warning.

Thousands of people are without power and numerous eyewitness accounts show at least a funnel cloud if not an actual tornado in the area.

Tornado debris signature path from Stormtracker 13 VIPIR Real Time Radar

Crews are out cutting trees which are over numerous roads and AEP crews are trying to re-establish power.

A formal survey will be needed and more visual evidence will be looked at before a formal declaration can be made but a few photos indicate a clear rain-wrapped wind driven severe thunderstorm.

Photo VIKI CREMEANS – Kanawha County Via Facebook

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Severe thunderstorms are expected across the WOWK 13 News viewing area Monday afternoon through the early evening.  The entire area has been placed under a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 PM on Monday, June 24th, 2019. A watch means that conditions are right for severe thunderstorms to form in or near the Watch area.

Watches & Warnings

The StormTracker 13 Meteorologists expect individual strong to severe storms to start in the middle of the afternoon to be followed by a few lines of strong to severe storms by early evening. Weather should calm significantly before midnight. 

Severe wind gusts above 60 mph are quite possible with these storms as well as the potential for large hail, frequent lightning and even an isolated tornado.

Severe Weather Resources

This is part of a larger weather system that will press through and leave our area much drier and warmer in the days to come.

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