Severe weather causes power outages

ELKIN – Sunday evening’s severe thunderstorm with heavy winds knocked out power for approximately 2,250 residents in Randolph and Barbour counties, according to Greg Hefner, spokesman for Mon Power.

Barbour saw the largest number of affected residences, 1,500, with most of the damage concentrated in the Belington, Philippi and Volga-Century areas. Hefner said service had been restored to all but about 51 customers by late Monday afternoon. He expected all outages to be fixed by this afternoon.

In Randolph County, approximately 750 Mon Power customers lost power during the storm, with service restored to all but 46 by late Monday afternoon. The Bowden area was the hardest-hit area in Randolph, but Hefner said the outages were spread out across the county.

He expected service to all customers in Randolph County to be restored by this afternoon.

Ramie Harris, a Randolph County 911 Center representative, said there were some power lines and trees down following the storm but added the damage was “nothing significant.” He described the damage as “minor” compared to what was seen in other areas of the state.

Across West Virginia, 12,000 customers lost power after Sunday’s storm, with service restored to all but about 437 by Monday afternoon. Hefner said Richie and Wetzel counties were the areas hardest hit. He characterized the majority of the damage as caused by downed tree limbs, most of them outside the power company’s right-of-way.

Hefner said the utility had brought in outside help to assist in the restoration work. He said all but a few isolated cases should be fully restored by this afternoon.