High winds caused damage, power outages Sunday night

MORGANTOWN — Thirty downed trees in three hours.

Overturned carports and shattered fast-food restaurant signs.

Downed electrical lines, sparking and snaking across driveways.

And that was just in Monongalia County.

Thousands of people remained without power across the region and West Virginia on Monday, one day after the state was lashed by winds topping 65 mph in some places.

A total of 1,180 homes and businesses in Monongalia County were looking at an evening without illumination, FirstEnergy spokesman Jeff Straight said.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, lights had yet to be restored in 1,456 homes and businesses in Preston County, Straight said.

Some 1,230 such dwellings and other establishments remained without the above in Marion County.

“Our crews are still out there working to restore everything as quickly as possible,” Straight said.

That was a pretty tall work order. MetroNews reported that more than 90,000 homes in the Mountain State were in the dark Sunday night at the height of the wind storm.

The weather pattern originated in the Midwest and tore through the Mid-Atlantic and Appalachians Sunday night and into Monday morning.

Preston County called school Monday because of the gusty onslaught.

While the winds have abated, March, it appears, will pad in like a wet lion. AccuWeather is calling for a chance of rain and drizzle on Friday, the first day of the new month.

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