CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Thousands of West Virginians were without power after torrential rains rolled through overnight.
Shortly after 8 a.m., Appalachian Power reported 1,851 customers without power in Kanawha County, 2,094 customers out in Roane County, 1,984 customers out in Cabell County, 1,666 in Wayne County, 616 in Putnam County and 450 in Jackson County.
West Virginia 511, a service meant to alert travelers to road conditions, was reporting multiple trees down in roads, as well as power poles in roads. The service was also reporting high water on main roads like U.S. 60.
Metro 911 in Kanawha County reported multiple vehicle accidents as well as trees down in several locations.
Unusually high temperatures preceded the storms. The National Weather Service today reported that the record high temperature for this date was broken at 2 a.m. in Charleston.
"Temp was a balmy 74 degs before the showers arrived," the weather service stated.
The record high temperature for Dec. 21 also was broken. Saturday's high hit 75. The old record was 74.
The forecast calls for colder temperatures heading into Christmas.