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Storms cause more than 7,000 outages in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A storm system that cut off dozens of secondary roads with high water has knocked out electricity to nearly 7,200 customers across West Virginia.

Appalachian Power reported Thursday afternoon that 6,756 customers were without power, nearly one-third of them in Raleigh County. More than 800 others were in Logan and Mercer counties.

FirstEnergy, meanwhile, said it had cut the number of outages down to about 430 by late afternoon.

Flood warnings were issued for the Cheat River in Preston County, the South Branch of the Potomac River in Hampshire County, and the Greenbrier River in Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties.

But only minor flooding has been reported.



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