Severe Weather

Flight cancellations and delays continued Monday as the winter storm that tore across the United States reached the Northeast, bringing several inches of snow and coastal floods. Travel disruptions are likely, with the National Weather Service warning of hazardous driving conditions.

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State authorities are urging West Virginians to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, even if they’re miles away from the nearest coastline. 

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The National Weather Service says it will be surveying storm damage in West Virginia.

News outlets report a storm system passed through the Charleston area Monday evening knocking down trees and power lines and leaving more than 20,000 Appalachian Power customers without electric.

This photo provided by NASA shows Hurricane Florence from the International Space Station on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, as it threatens the U.S. East Coast.

Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades.

For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains all the way into the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other dangerous conditions in places that don’t usually get much tropical weather.

National Weather Service precipitation forecast for Saturday, April 7, 2018.
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Another blast of winter is forecast for this weekend in West Virginia. West Virginia University has cancelled the annual Gold-Blue spring football game because of the impending storm.

The National Weather Service says southern and western sections of the state could get 4 inches or more of snow starting Friday night.


The National Weather Service has sent two teams to survey storm-damaged areas of West Virginia and eastern Kentucky to determine whether tornadoes occurred.

Meteorologist Maura Casey in Charleston said one team is looking at damage reported from a storm in Kanawha and Lincoln counties in West Virginia and in Louisa, Kentucky.

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Warming stations and shelters are open in counties across West Virginia in preparation for expected power outages as Winter Storm Jonas continues to drop heavy snow on the southern and western regions of the state. Shelter locations are listed below by county. 

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Snow kayaking, stuck snowplows and scenes that belong in a snow globe -- these are just some of the images and videos being shared here in West Virginia during Blizzard 2016.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin transitioned his declared State of Preparedness to a State of Emergency Friday morning for all 55 counties in West Virginia.

The declaration allows the governor to mobilize additional resources to handle the severe weather.


On Thursday, officials with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will begin conducting joint preliminary damage assessments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in ten counties after this week's severe thunderstorms. 

These first assessments will record damages to personal property and infrastructure in Braxton, Clay, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Nicholas, Putnam, Roane, Webster, and Wood counties.  Governor Tomblin declared a State of Emergency in those counties this week.

 More than 50,000 customers remain without electricity after severe thunderstorms rolled through West Virginia.

Appalachian Power says on its website that nearly 49,000 customers had no service Wednesday across 16 counties in southern West Virginia. That includes nearly 13,000 customers in Cabell County, 8,000 in Wayne County and more than 5,000 each in Kanawha and Logan counties.

A NASA Launch, Water Woes in McDowell Co., & More

Mar 3, 2014
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On this West Virginia Morning, a special NASA launch has a West Virginia connection.

Also, water woes continue in West Virginia, but not where you might think.

And a Pennsylvania story about a fracking law that's causing controversy.

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From the W.Va. Dept. of Military Affairs and Public Safety:

Temperatures are forecasted to plunge well below zero degrees Fahrenheit throughout the state over the next 24 hours, and West Virginians are urged to take precautions. The severe cold and dangerous wind chills bring the threat of hypothermia and frostbite from prolonged exposure. Unsafe efforts to stay warm, meanwhile, can lead to fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Experts advise the following:

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Update: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 9:30

Here's a roundup of tweets from local and regional authorities, including emergency services and the National Weather Service:

Update: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 9:14 p.m.

In addition to a wind advisory in effect for most of the state, a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the western portion of West Virginia.  The National Weather Service in Charleston reports this watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Monday.