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Weather service says W.Va. storm not a tornado

June 09, 2008

A severe storm that passed through Jefferson County last Wednesday and caused some residents to take cover was not a tornado, a National Weather Service spokesman said Sunday night.

Instead, the storm generated "straight-line winds" that were clocked between 70 mph and 90 mph, said meteorologist Chris Strong.

A report on the storm can be viewed at the National Weather Service's Web site at www.erh.noaa.gov.

The storm struck in mid-afternoon Wednesday, causing significant damage, especially in Ranson, W.Va.

The storm hurled tree limbs into the side of a the Church of Christ at Ranson on Chapel Drive and sent a structure used to store shopping carts in the parking lot of The Home Depot flying into a car.

Numerous homeowners in Ranson dealt with large trees uprooted in their yards and other damage.

Four cattle were killed when a barn along Kabletown road collapsed, said Barbara Miller, the county's emergency manager.

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- Dave McMillion

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