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The Central to Northern Part of the WV Had Above Normal Precipitation in June

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Much of West Virginia experienced higher than average rain totals during the month of June, according to the National Weather Service.

“With these recent storms through the month of June, basically, the central and northern part of the state got on the wet side,” said NWS Meteorologist John Sikora.

The central to northern part of the state had above normal precipitation last month, just about 2 inches more than the average June number.

South of the Huntington-Charleston line down into the coal fields saw less rain.

Huntington reported 5.2 inches of rain, Parkersburg saw 5.89, Elkins saw a huge number of 8.52 for the month and Charleston had 5.98 inches.

“Normal for the general area is 4.25 to 5.5 inches depending on where you are in the state,” said Sikora.

Southern West Virginia was “abnormally dry” on the drought monitor, Sikora said, but with the recent rain, that area should be back up to normal numbers again.

“The rest of the state is basically above normal for the start of July,” he said.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch by National Weather Service

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for multiple counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

The watch is in effect until 9:00 PM in West Virginia in:

    •  Braxton
    •  Gilmer
    •  Webster
    •  Calhoun
    •  Nicholas
    •  Clay
    •  Roane
    •  Lewis
    •  Pocahontas
    •  Randolph
    •  Upshur
    •  Boone
    •  Lincoln
    •  Fayette
    •  Kanawha
    •  Logan
    •  McDowell
    •  Mingo
    •  Putnam
    •  Raleigh
    •  Wyoming
    •  Cabell
    •  Wayne

A watch means severe weather is possible within the next few hours.

Weather Service Confirms Tornado in Jackson County

RIPLEY, WV - The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado in Jackson County during a recent storm.

The weather service says the tornado touched down Friday night about 2 miles outside Ripley and traveled about one-and-a-half miles.

It toppled trees along a path of up to 200 yards wide and caused minor damage to a church.

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The tornado was rated EF0, the lowest rated tornado with maximum winds of 80 miles per hour.

Downburst winds associated with the same storm caused more severe damage.

The weather service says the winds destroyed two machine sheds, pushed two empty hay trailers about 60 yards and caused significant tree damage.

One home and three garages were flooded when Stationcamp Run left its banks.

Flash Flood Watch Issued by The National Weather Service

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Charleston, WV
Saturday, Jun 27, 4:12 AM EDT

... FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON…


THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… SOUTHEAST OHIO… SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN NORTHEAST KENTUCKY… BOYD… CARTER… GREENUP AND LAWRENCE KY. IN SOUTHEAST OHIO… ATHENS… GALLIA… JACKSON OH… LAWRENCE OH… MORGAN… MEIGS… PERRY… VINTON AND WASHINGTON. IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA… BUCHANAN AND DICKENSON. IN WEST VIRGINIA… BARBOUR… BOONE… BRAXTON… CABELL… CALHOUN… CLAY… DODDRIDGE… FAYETTE… GILMER… HARRISON… JACKSON WV… KANAWHA… LEWIS… LINCOLN… LOGAN… MASON… MCDOWELL… MINGO… NICHOLAS… PLEASANTS… POCAHONTAS… PUTNAM… RALEIGH… RANDOLPH… RITCHIE… ROANE… TAYLOR… TYLER… UPSHUR… WAYNE… WEBSTER… WIRT… WOOD AND WYOMING.


* THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON

* SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS AHEAD OF AN ADVANCING COLD FRONT WILL BRING SOME HEAVY DOWNPOURS TODAY. ANY DOWNPOUR CAN CAUSE THE USUAL STREET FLOODING. HOWEVER… RAIN AMOUNTS OF 1.5 TO 2 INCHES IN LESS THAN A FEW HOURS CAN CAUSE FLASH FLOODING ON STREAMS.

* THE WEATHER PATTERN HAS BEEN WETTER THAN AVERAGE THIS MONTH. AS A RESULT… SOILS ARE CLOSE TO SATURATION IN MANY AREAS. SMALL STREAMS CAN RISE RAPIDLY AFTER DOWNPOURS OR PROLONGED RAIN.

Lightning Safety Awareness Week

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CHARLESTON, WV — June 21st is the official start to summer, but June 22nd is the official start of Lightning Awareness Week due to the increased likelihood of lightning strikes during the months of June, July, and August.

Lightning is the second leading storm-related killer in the United States, and according to State Farm Spokesperson Dave Phillips, cost the company $149 million in insurance claims nationally last year.

“People tend to forget the importance of playing it safe and being safe both outdoors–when they’re out and about during the summer months–to heed warnings from storms and to understand that there are a lot of myths when it comes to lightning,” Phillips said.

Some of the myths–like being safer in your car–are actually not entirely true. While you may be safer in your vehicle during a storm, the vehicle can still sustain damage from a lightning strike. That being said, Phillips said that the majority of damage is to electronics.

“In most instances, a lot of the damage is primarily done to electronic equipment and to power surges that result in the home from the lightning strike,” he said.

Phillips recommends having a surge protector for your home to protect your electronic equipment.

“If the house is hit and you don’t have a surge protector, whether it’s on an individual electronic device or for the entire home, the surge can short-circuit appliances and cable TV’s and anything that’s linked to the electronics.”

While property damage is the most likely outcome of lightning related incidents (30% of U.S. businesses suffer damage from lightning storms), lightning can be particularly dangerous to a person’s safety if the proper precautions aren’t taken.

“You don’t necessarily have to see rain to be struck by lightning,” Philips said. “The storm can be several miles away without rain hitting an area where a lightning strike can occur.”

26 people died in 2014 as a result of lightning strikes. In 2012, a Harrison County teen was fortunate to survive a direct strike. But he fit the demographic. More than four out of five lightning strike deaths are men or boys, between ages 10-35, and likely participating in outdoor recreation.

In 2014, West Virginia ranked #30 nationally with 149 claims costing more than $603,000 per State Farm. State Farm paid 20,325 lightning claims nationwide in 2014.

For more information you can check out the Lightning Protection Institute.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Area

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Issued by The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
Tuesday, Jun 23, 1:17 PM EDT
 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 343 IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EDT THIS EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN OHIO THIS WATCH INCLUDES 9 COUNTIES


IN SOUTHEAST OHIO

ATHENS GALLIA JACKSON LAWRENCE MEIGS MORGAN PERRY VINTON WASHINGTON

IN WEST VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 34 COUNTIES


IN CENTRAL WEST VIRGINIA

BRAXTON CALHOUN CLAY GILMER JACKSON NICHOLAS ROANE TAYLOR WEBSTER


IN NORTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

BARBOUR DODDRIDGE HARRISON LEWIS PLEASANTS POCAHONTAS RANDOLPH RITCHIE TYLER UPSHUR WIRT WOOD


IN SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

BOONE FAYETTE KANAWHA LINCOLN LOGAN MCDOWELL MINGO PUTNAM RALEIGH WYOMING


IN WESTERN WEST VIRGINIA

CABELL MASON WAYNE


THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF

ALUM CREEK… ATHENS… BECKLEY… BELINGTON… BELMONT… BELPRE… BRIDGEPORT… BUCKHANNON… BURNSVILLE… CEREDO… CHAPMANVILLE… CHARLESTON… CLARKSBURG… CLAY… CRAIGSVILLE… CROOKSVILLE… ELIZABETH… ELKINS… FAYETTEVILLE… GALLIPOLIS… GARY… GASSAWAY… GLENVILLE… GRAFTON… GRANTSVILLE… HAMDEN… HAMLIN… HARRISVILLE… HARTS… HUNTINGTON… HURRICANE… IRONTON… JACKSON… KENOVA… LOGAN… MADISON… MAN… MARIETTA… MARLINTON… MCARTHUR… MCCONNELSVILLE… MIDDLEBOURNE… MULLENS… NEW HAVEN… NEW LEXINGTON… OAK HILL… OAK HILL… OCEANA… PADEN CITY… PARKERSBURG… PENNSBORO… PHILIPPI… PINEVILLE… POINT PLEASANT… POMEROY… RAVENSWOOD… RICHWOOD… RIPLEY… SAINT ALBANS… SISTERSVILLE… SOMERSET… SOUTH CHARLESTON… SOUTH POINT… SPENCER… ST. MARYS… STOCKPORT… SUMMERSVILLE… SUTTON… TEAYS VALLEY… VIENNA… WAR… WAYNE… WEBSTER SPRINGS… WELCH… WELLSTON… WEST UNION… WESTON AND WILLIAMSON.

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