• Tygarts Valley 59Hannan 8Final[ view all ]
  • Sissonville 26Liberty 7Final[ view all ]
  • Doddridge County 27Valley Wetzel 7Final[ view all ]
  • Clay-Battelle 20Van 12Final[ view all ]
  • Lewis County 42Elkins 0Final[ view all ]
  • Braxton County 13Webster County 12Final[ view all ]
  • Grafton 50Lincoln 49Final[ view all ]
  • Robert C. Byrd 56North Marion 21Final[ view all ]
  • Morgantown 21John Marshall 6Final[ view all ]
  • Pendleton County 50Tucker County 6Final[ view all ]
  • Magnolia 34Tyler Consolidated 0Final[ view all ]
  • University 29Preston 25Final[ view all ]
  • Fairmont Senior 35Buckhannon-Upshur 27Final[ view all ]
  • Notre Dame 34Gilmer County 13Final[ view all ]
  • Saint Marys 42South Harrison 7Final[ view all ]
National News | Closings | Funerals | HighScore | Monday's Most Wanted | Crime Watch | TV Listings | Lottery | Bio's | FCC File | More ›
Remembering the June 2012 Derecho
Written by Tyler Hawn
Last updated on June 29, 2013 @ 7:40PM
Created on June 29, 2013 @ 6:39PM

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.

Add your Comment
You must have an active WDTV.COM user account to post comments. Please login to your account, or create your free account today!

Comments (0)
WDTV on Facebook
WDTV on Twitter
WDTV on YouTube
Contact WDTV
WDTV Mobile App