CHARLESTON, W.Va. - More than 11,000 of Appalachian Power's customers in Southern West Virginia were without power after a thunderstorm rolled through the Kanawha Valley Tuesday.
Southwestern counties took the brunt of the storm, Appalachian Power spokesman Phil Moye said.
"We don't think it's anywhere near the sort of physical damage nor as widespread as what we saw with the June 29th storm," Moye said. "But still, it was a pretty severe thunderstorm - a typical strong summer thunderstorm."
He could not say what type of damage was caused.
According to Appalachian Power's outage map, Wayne County had 3,442 customers without power; Lincoln County, 2,675; Cabell, 2,051; Logan, 1,037; Putnam, 449; and Kanawha, 212.
"We were fortunate that it wasn't a more severe storm," Moye said. "I think people are hypersensitive now when they see a storm coming our way because of the kinds of storms we've been having."
A hazardous weather outlook was issued for much of West Virginia and portions of surrounding states on Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service, there was a slight risk of severe thunderstorms, with the primary threat being damaging winds. Heavy rains and flooding also were possible.
Ken Batty, a meteorologist with the weather service, said it's important to remember there are different levels of derecho storms, and while Tuesday's weather could have included gusty winds and downpours, it was unlikely to be of the same magnitude as the June 29 storm.
A long range of thunderstorms that started in Wisconsin was being tracked Tuesday. Just before noon, the storms were in Indiana and headed toward Dayton, Ohio, but could have turned down into Eastern Kentucky, Batty said. Other storms in front of that line were complicating weather predictions.