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High winds knock out power to thousands in W.Va.

Charleston Gazette photo by Chris Dorst Mark Worlledge, 18, looks at the tree that was knocked over Wednesday afternoon onto his house along Charleston's Clark Road. The tree crashed through the attic and broke through the ceiling above a closet, he said.
Charleston Gazette photo by Chris Dorst
Mark Worlledge, 18, looks at the tree that was knocked over Wednesday afternoon onto his house along Charleston’s Clark Road. The tree crashed through the attic and broke through the ceiling above a closet, he said.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Thousands of West Virginians were without power Wednesday afternoon as high winds from an oncoming cold front whipped through the state.

Nearly 16,000 Appalachian Power customers in West Virginia were without electricity at 6 p.m., according to the company’s website. That included about 1,800 in Fayette County and more than 2,300 in Nicholas County.

First Energy reported more that 6,000 West Virginia customers without power at 6 p.m. p.m. More than 1,300 of those were in Pocahontas County.

Various wind advisories and warnings from the National Weather Service were in effect throughout much of West Virginia, and the state’s Northern counties were forecast to receive a couple inches of snow, starting this afternoon and continuing until after midnight.

Strong winds caused several trees to fall around Kanawha County, according to Metro 911 dispatchers. Drivers reported fallen trees along roads in Cross Lanes and Marmet, dispatchers said…

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