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More than 14,000 without power in state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 14,000 customers are without electricity following a strong storm system that passed through West Virginia on Wednesday evening.

Almost 11,000 First Energy customers in the hard-hit northern part of the state were still without power this morning, according to the company's website. Outages included more than 2,100 customers without electricity in Harrison County, 1,745 in Doddridge Couty, about 1,400 in Pleasants County and about 950 in Wood County.

Almost 3,500 Appalachian Power customers had no electricity this morning. Hardest hit was populous Kanawha County, were 1,550 had no power this morning.

About 470 Lincoln County customers were without electricity, about 430 in Raleigh County and more than 350 in Wayne County. Outages were also reported in Fayette, Putnam, Cabell, Logan and Mingo counties.

The storm system swept through the state beginning before 7 p.m., causing localized flash flooding in some areas.Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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