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July 9, 2014

Storm wrecks havoc in Mineral County

KEYSER, W.Va. — A severe thunderstorm wrecked havoc throughout most of Mineral County on Tuesday, injuring one person in Fort Ashby, leaving snapped poles in Fort Ashby and Piedmont and downed lines throughout most of the county. Patterson Creek was the only area left unscathed in the aftermath, according to Bill Hentosh, director of Mineral County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security/911.

 One person in Fort Ashby suffered traumatic injuries after a swing set blew into them during a strom on Tuesday and they were transported to Western Maryland Health Systems by Fort Ashby EMS. A roof was damaged at Royal Aire located on North Davis Street in Keyser and tree fell into a house on West Eagle Lane during the storm.

The 911 Center handled 120 calls during a two hour period following strom and 10 Volunteer Fire Companies and EMS were dispatched in it’s wake, according to Hentosh.

There are still 1,000 people without power and the 911 Center is working with Potomac Edison to determine if cooling stations need to be setup.   

“Most people don’t want to leave their homes and if there is a cooling station set up I will notify the media. I’m hoping that Potomac Edison is getting more people taken care of today (Wednesday). They did a great job during the storm last night (Tuesday),” said Hentosh. “We are waiting to hear back from the National Weather Service to see if this storm classifies as Derecho like the one that hit in June 2012.”

The public will be notified if cooling stations are setup via the Mineral County Fire EMS Facebook page and via Nixle. Nixle is a privately held U.S. corporation that offers free and paid notification services for local police departments, county emergency management offices, municipal governments and their agencies.

Potomac Edison has a staging area for crews and their equipment setup at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Wiley Ford to help restore power to the county.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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