CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Following the June 29 derecho, some area residents took steps to be prepared in the wake of storms and power outages.
That foresight is coming in handy now.
The storm that swept over the state on June 29 knocked out power for several days for many area residents. As this week's winter storm approached, there were those who were ready.
Howard "Mo" Persinger had power at his Charleston law office but none at his South Hills home on Tuesday.
"I have a gasoline generator that will run lights, refrigerator and heat," Persinger, 43, said when contacted on his cellphone. "I am filling cans with gas right now."
That generator was purchased in the midst of the derecho, he said. He got up on a Saturday morning and went to Lowe's and Home Depot in search of a backup source of power. He left empty-handed. He finally had success at Sears.
"It was 10 a.m. when I got in line," he recalled. "I got the last one."
He and his wife have 6-year-old twin daughters who are not bothered by a power outage, he said. However, he has done his best to make sure his family is comfortable. He was prepared in advance with lanterns, flashlights, batteries and plenty of water.
Melinda and Sam Sutton live in South Hills with their four children ranging in age from 7 to 13. When the lights flickered at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the Suttons immediately made reservations at a local hotel. Then they lost power.
"Last summer taught us it could last longer than a day or two," Melinda said.
They were prepared this time with water, food, batteries and flashlights. They made sure laundry was caught up and firewood was plentiful before the power outage. By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, they were enjoying the crackling fire and making plans to head to the hotel if they still had no electricity by dark.