It's been one year since the powerful June Derecho rolled through the Mountain State, leaving thousands of people in the dark.
The Derecho that rolled through the Mountain State exactly one year ago was unlike many storms we have ever seen.
It not only knocked out power for thousands of people, but the week long heat wave that followed after left many people in North Central West Virginia looking for ways to stay cool.
Weather experts say the aftermath of the storm is what makes it so unique. "The power outages are what really caught people by surprise last year. It wasn't just an overnight outage, it was during a long period of time, with the hottest days of that summer," said 5 News Meteorologist Tom Kippen.
Emergency officials say although many people weren't prepared for the strong Derecho since it was unexpected, they say the best way to prepare for storms like these is to plan ahead, and make sure to keep up to date on pending severe weather.
"We've been telling people to prepare for all types of situations. With the two storms that hit last year, we hope that people do more to stay ahead of storm," said William F. Rowan.
The question on when the next Derecho will hit is unknown, but emergency officials say there are several ways for you to be prepared for any kind severe weather:
- Know the signs of a severe storm. If you see black clouds, or notice any thunder or lightning, get inside.
- Clear loose branches on trees that could possibly fall down.
- Stock up on bottled water and non-perishable food items.
-If you do lose power, carry a backup generator, and purchase a battery powered radio so you can stay in the know for any kind of updates during severe weather emergencies.