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Flash flood watch issued for much of WV

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A flash flood watch has been posted for portions of West Virginia, a day after severe storms knocked out power to thousands of utility customers.

With more storms in the forecast, the National Weather Service says the flood watch is in effect from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning for an area including cities such as Huntington, Charleston, Elkins, Clarksburg, Point Pleasant and Parkersburg.

Appalachian Power's website says about 2,300 customers remained without power Thursday, including 1,700 in Kanawha County. About 600 Mon Power customers in Harrison County were without service.

The storms caused a hillside to collapse in South Charleston, and media outlets report several people had to be rescued from high water in Kanawha County on Wednesday night.


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