A storm with heavy rain and strong winds caused widespread damage all throughout North Central West Virginia around 3 a.m. on Friday morning.
Wind gusts up to 60 MPH knocked over trees, power lines, and left thousands of people without electricity.
Mecca 911 Director Mike Wolfe said, "It was a very widespread but fast moving storm. It basically caused some minor damage with trees and electrical lines."
Crews worked all day long to clean up the mess left behind. They fixed lines, unblocked roadways, and restored power for some people.
Some residents said they couldn't believe what happened.
"I walked outside and the gate to my courtyard was completely busted open. I asked myself did somebody try to break into my house last night? Then I looked around and there were trees and leaves down everywhere," said Marion County resident Elizabeth Opyoke.
Hancock County resident James Tennant said, "It sounded like a freight train was going by my house. It was really loud and the wind was blowing really hard."
At the height of the storm more than 20,000 people lost power. Some schools like Anna Jarvis Elementary in Grafton had to close. Parents said they weren't surprised.
"I woke up around 4 o'clock this morning and it was treacherous out where we live. We still don't have electricity," said Taylor County resident Kimberly Rosier.
No injuries or serious damage was reported. Many people have already gotten their power back, but some might have to wait until Sunday. Emergency officials said the quick hitting storm is a lesson for people and everyone should always be prepared.
"This was a good reminder to people that this can happen at any time," said Wolfe.
People without power should stock up on water and non perishable food items. They should also be careful when using an alternative source for heat.
Nov 01, 2013 at 9:45 PMI heard the same howling. My dogs woke and alerted me. It sounded like a freight train was going to come through the side of my house. I watched it bend my flag pole in half, twist it, as I watch pole, flag, and all fly through the air. It picked up about a 700-800lb Clubhouse/Swingset and moved it across the yard. I had no idea how bad it was going to be. :(