UPDATE 9:40 p.m. – The heavy storms have moved east with only a handful of scattered, non-severe storms across parts of Kentucky, moving east so there is a chance of another splash of rain here or there overnight but not anticipating severe storms.
Meanwhile, Appalachian power reports 7,104 customers without power in West Virginia, down from several thousand since the peak of the outages. More than half of those with no power are in Kanawha County alone. Ohio AEP reports only 181 customers without power and Kentucky Power reports 635 customers without power.
UPDATE 7:35 p.m. – Rainfall estimates for the last three hours show more than an inch of rain fell across the I-64 corridor during the late afternoon and early evening. Many people had been asking for rain and some highly populated areas got a lot in a brief span of time.
UPDATE 6:45 p.m. – A large tree fell on Edgewood Drive in Charleston some time between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. from the severe thunderstorm. At least two other locations reported trees down by 6:30 p.m. in Kanawha County and there are power outages reported.
Appalachian Power reports more than 10,000 customers without power as of 6:45 p.m. in West Virginia with more than half of those in Kanawha County.
UPDATE 5:05 p.m. – A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the largest part of Cabell County and the northern part of Wayne County and a tiny piece of Lincoln County.
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Strong to severe storms are moving across the region late Wednesday afternoon, ahead of a slow moving cold front. One severe thunderstorm warning was already issued for the Portsmouth, Ohio area and the storms continue to the east with possible wind gusts up to 50-55 miles per hour which is below official severe limits but can still cause damage.
Heavy rain has also been reported with this system as there have been actual rain gauge reports of more than an inch of rain within the storms in parts of Ohio Wednesday afternoon.
The Storm Prediction Center did lower the severe storm potential from Category 2 to Category 1, also known as the Marginal Risk Category, based on previous rains early in the day leaving lots of cloud cover compared to other areas.
Looking ahead, short term models push the line of storms to the east through the Huntington area before 6 p.m. and up to about the Charleston area (including places north of I-64) by about 7 p.m.
Wind gusts of up to 55 mph and torrential downpours will make driving possibly dangerous at times, especially at the peak commute time from Huntington to Charleston so please be cautious if you must drive when the storms come through.
The storms should move east and somewhat south through the first half of the night along this slow moving front which is still in the area Thursday. That means more storms are possible with the region currently in the Marginal Risk for severe storms, of the lowest category of risk, based on the potential for damaging winds.
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