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Storm tears through Tri-State

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May. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Area dispatchers fielded dozens of calls Friday afternoon for downed trees and utility lines from a quick-moving thunderstorm.

The storm knocked out electricity to more than 10,000 American Electric Power customers in the Tri-State just before 4 p.m.

At the peak of the power outages, 10,701 customers had no electricity, the majority of them being residents in Cabell County, where 4,824 customers were in the dark at one point.

As the storm moved east, 4,181 customers in Putnam County also were without power shortly before 5 p.m.

Elsewhere, AEP's website reported 2,944 customers without electricity in Wayne County; and 994 in Mason County.

In Lawrence County, Ohio, 302 American Electric Power customers were without power.

In Kentucky, Greenup County had 378 customers without power and another 110 in the dark in Boyd County, according to American Electric Power's website.

By 9 p.m. power had been fully restored to all customers in Ohio and Kentucky, but a little more than 2,100 West Virginia customers in Cabell, Wayne, Mason, Lincoln and Putnam counties still had no electricity.

Cabell County 911 reported downed trees across the county. It was much the same story in Lawrence County, Ohio, where a dispatcher confirmed several roads were shut down due to downed trees or utility lines.

Initial reports to Cabell County 911 included a tree that fell on a car in the 1800 block of 12th Avenue. The road was momentarily closed.

Dispatchers also received reports of downed trees at 5th Street and 5th Avenue and another on three cars at a marina in Guyandotte.

While no major storms are predicted to return to the area, meteorologists with the National Weather Service have forecasted scattered showers all day Saturday and into Saturday night. Mother's Day Sunday will be mostly sunny, with high temperatures in the low 60s, meteorologists predicted.

The forecast is the same for Monday, and the next chance of showers will come Tuesday, when meteorologists predict a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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