Storm closes roads, causes outages in Jefferson County

July 26, 2010

SHANNONDALE, W.Va. -- Thunderstorm damage led to more than a dozen road closures in Jefferson County, W.Va., on Sunday, according to the county's emergency operations center.

Strong winds took down power lines and blew transformers, spokeswoman Jennifer D. Maggio said.

Fallen trees, which were reported throughout the county, blocked Norfolk Southern tracks on Wheatland Road in Charles Town, W.Va., Maggio said.

More than 3,200 Allegheny Power customers in Jefferson County were without power Sunday night, the utility company's website reported.

As of 2:15 p.m. Monday, the Allegheny Power website was reporting 561 customers were still without electricity in Jefferson County. It said neighboring Berkeley County had six customers without power, while Franklin County in Pennsylvania had 17.

However, Berkeley and Franklin counties' 911 operators said they didn't have road closures or severe storm damage. In Fulton County, Pa., police and an emergency dispatcher said the same.


A 911 operator from Morgan County, W.Va., said there were reports of trees on roads, but none led to closures.

Drivers should be cautious and watch for debris, Maggio said.

Winds tore the roof off an old, unoccupied house on Kabletown Road, she said.

The Herald-Mail Articles