CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On a day when they hoped to have much of the power restored from the massive June 29 windstorm that swept through the area, local officials and residents were dealing with the impact of another storm that rolled through on Sunday.
Cooling stations were open again throughout Kanawha County on Monday, after Sunday's violent thunderstorm knocked out electricity to tens of thousands of people throughout the region, many who had just seen power restored after the major June 29 derecho.
According to the Appalachian Power website, about 40,000 customers remained without power as of 10 p.m. Monday. That included more than 11,750 in Kanawha County, where County Manager Jennifer Sayre said the county was again one of the areas hardest-hit by Sunday's storm.
Sayre said power company officials estimated it would be early Tuesday before power is again restored.
By midday Sunday, before the thunderstorm swept through the Kanawha Valley, power had been restored to all but about 7,000 Kanawha County homes and businesses.
"It looks like most of the outages are in the eastern part of the county and the northern part," Sayre said. "It looks like the western part is fine. They lost power briefly but it came back on."
Sayre said power had been restored to part of the Elkview area, including Pinch Elementary School, where county officials continued to operate an ice and water distribution center Monday.
Overnight shelters remained open Monday night at Dupont Middle School and the King Center on Donnally Street in Charleston.
Spoiled food drop-off centers will be open Tuesday behind the Cabin Creek Go-Mart, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Sissonville Drive, at the Clendenin Park and Ride and at Elkview Middle School.
The planned distribution of farmers' market vouchers for senior citizens at the Capitol Market on Monday was postponed.
Traffic lights were out throughout Kanawha City, and county officials reminded drivers to treat any intersection where lights are out as a four-way stop.
The Kanawha City Community Center and pool remain closed following the Sunday storm, Charleston Parks & Recreation Director John Charnock said.
Coupled with the season-long closure of the pool at the North Charleston Community Center and continued storm-related closure of the Cato Park pool, the only city pool open Monday was at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, he said.
"Yesterday during the storm we lost one leg of power, and later on it all went off, so we're without power at Kanawha City," Charnock said Monday. "The Kanawha City center is closed and the pool is closed because we can't run the pumps. Hopefully power will be restored soon.
"What we had to do last night was move our relief center from Kanawha City to the King Center. We had 16 to 18 overnight guests." They will be staying at the King Center until further notice.
The Cato Park pool, meanwhile, remains closed. "We lost power [during the] June 29 storm and it hasn't been restored yet," Charnock said. "Once it gets restored we'll need a one- to two-day leeway to get the water corrected. It's almost the same cycle as starting up. If the power came on today we could not open the pool Tuesday."
Charnock said he's reported the problem to Appalachian Power. "That's about the best you can do. Cato Park is one customer. They're looking for the biggest bang for the buck. I understand. You'd rather get people back in their homes than get a pool back."
Building Commissioner Tony Harmon warned Charleston residents to be wary of non-registered and out-of-state contractors who are already in town, trying to capitalize on the recent storms. Legitimate contractors should be registered with both the city and the state, Harmon said. For information or to check licenses, call the city Building Department at 304-348-6833.