Strong storms slam Greenbrier County

Local - 7/24/2014 4:15 PM by Stuart Hammer

RAINELLE – Strong winds and hail plowed into western Greenbrier County Wednesday night and left a debris trail in its path.

Officials say Rainelle was one of the hardest hit areas after a round of heavy storms passed over Southern West Virginia late Wednesday night.

About 1,000 residents were left without power after several lines came down and trees blocked the road.

Locals say they could tell strong storms were coming Wednesday afternoon because it was so hot and muggy.

Crews are working to restore power into Thursday evening and they expect power to be completely restored by 10 p.m.

Rainelle Mayor Andy Pendleton surveyed the damage when the storm cleared, “The wind must have been so fierce that the leaves ended up on the sides of houses, shredded or whole, they were like a camouflage.”

“But thank goodness nobody was hurt,” she adds.

If you experience any problems or need assistance removing debris, contact City Hall at (304) 438-7191.


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