CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The western end of Kanawha County took a beating when a pair of fast-moving storms blew across the region.
There were trees on houses, lines down, and high water reported across western Kanawha County Tuesday evening.
The National Weather Service's Charleston office issued a special weather alert late in the afternoon calling for dime-sized hail and winds up to 45 mph. Nickel-sized hail beat down on parts of the area, said meteorologist Dave Marsalek. Some areas also saw 40 mph winds.
"Two storms came through but the second one was more rain than anything," Marsalek said. "They converged right over the St. Albans area."
More than an inch of rain fell, causing flooding. The high water returned with the rains from Tuesday's storm.
Marsalek said the two storms dropped about an inch between them.
Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers reported high water in St. Albans, Nitro, Sissonville and Cross Lanes.
"It's a mess right now," a dispatcher said as he relayed the calls. "Sounds like it only hit certain parts. We haven't heard anything out of Charleston yet."
He said several trees were down around the western end, including some on houses. A tree fell into a garage on Hickory Road in Nitro, knocking off the front porch and damaging a vehicle. No one was harmed and the occupants were evacuated.
C.W. Sigman, Kanawha County fire coordinator, was out in the area of Lamont Road and Harper Road with Dunbar firefighters. They estimated four or five houses had downed trees on them or very near them. The power also was out in that area.