Wendy's was closed, as was Charleston Area Medical Center's Urgent Care facility, which encouraged patients to visit the Southridge location instead. Speedway and One Stop were shuttered as well.
Hull arrived at Taco Bell before 9 a.m. and was working in the back of the restaurant when the lights began to flicker. She thought that was odd because there were no signs of a storm. It wasn't until later that she saw the downed lines across the road.
She learned from repair workers that the roads weren't expected to open for quite a while.
"I thought, 'Man, this is going to suck,'" she said. "I want business. I can't stand it being slow."
The store's general manager asked her and another employee to stay so they bided their time by cleaning the newly remodeled store.
Capt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department said residents on Brick Lane and Old Goff Mountain Road were delayed in getting to their homes while crews worked on repairing the damaged lines and poles.
Residents and visitors were asked to exercise patience and caution in the area because of the congestion and wet roads.
Crosier said several crashes occurred on 40th Street and West Washington Street while traffic was backed up.
Wrecks also were causing traffic delays on Interstate 64 in the vicinity of the Cross Lanes exits.
Dispatchers had reports of two crashes in the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 between the Cross Lanes and Institute exits during the rush hour. No injuries were reported.
"Accidents can be avoided with patience and caution," Crosier wrote in an email.
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