Minimal storm damage reported

The thunderstorm that swept through the region Wednesday brought high winds but left behind minimal damages, officials said.

Nick Webb, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said winds reached 46 mph in Elkins Wednesday. Rainfall totals, he said, were minimal, at only one-third of an inch for Elkins.

Winds were predicted to pick up once more Wednesday night, with colder temperatures to follow. Webb said snow is expected to accompany the cold front, with one to three inches of accumulation possible today in the higher elevations of Randolph County.

A high wind warning will be in effect from 1 to 10 a.m. today, Webb said. Gusts in the area may reach 60 mph and 20-30 mph sustained winds are expected.

Webb said the quickest gusts will be felt in the highest elevations, but he stressed that citizens of Elkins should prepare for stronger-than-normal winds.

In Randolph County, Interim Superintendent of Schools Terry George said students in Harman School were sent home early Wednesday.

“The Harman area lost power this morning,” George said. “Mike Burns with Mon Power advised me that several major lines went down and would continue to be down for hours. He said 650 customers in the Harman area would be without power.”

George said the decision was made to feed the students lunch and send them home at 11:30 a.m.

“As of right now, we have no other weather-related situations,” George said Wednesday afternoon. “Supervisor of Transportation Randy Long has been monitoring the water in the Tygart and Shavers, but we have received no reports of flooding. We will continue to monitor the reports to watch for closed roads or water covering the roadways.”

Barbour County Schools only reported one incident related to Wednesday’s storm. Superintendent Dr. Joe Super said part of Mt. Vernon School lost power.

“Mt. Vernon School lost electrical service to part of the building, but we were able to move students to the parts with electricity,” Super said. “The outage did not necessitate sending students home.”

Super said there were only two concerns with the outage at Mt. Vernon School.

“The first is a cooler in the kitchen (which) may have lost power, but they are working to get power restored to that cooler,” Super said. “The second concern was that students use diligence if they have to evacuate the school because students are in different areas of the school. This concern was also addressed and students know where to go in the event of an early dismissal.”

According to the Barbour County Office of Emergency Management, no serious damages were reported from Wednesday’s storm. Barbour’s police departments reported no wrecks or incidents resulting from the storm.

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