Tornado Warning: Central West Virginia

June 21, 2016 at 2:01 p.m.


UPDATE at 2:27 p.m.

At 2:20 PM, Teays Valley Law Enforcement officers reported spotting hail the size of tennis balls  (E2.50 INCH).

Though it is unconfirmed at this point, reports are coming in that the heavy hail in Putnam County has led to several automobile accidents on Interstate 64.



At 1:49 p.m., the National Weather Service in Charleston, West Virginia, issued a tornado warning for portions of the following West Virginia counties: Putnam, Mason, Lincoln, Cabell and Kanawha.

According to the special weather statement, “A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Milton (13 miles west of Winfield), moving southeast at 30 mph.”

In addition to the threat of a tornado, the thunderstorm is also capable of producing “tennis ball size hail,” according to NWS meteorolgists.

The alert warned that current radar conditions reveal that the cell was indicating rotation.

“Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter.  Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed.  Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur, tree damage is likely,” stated the special weather statement.

As a precaution, the National Weather Service is advising for residents along the path of the storm to “TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement of interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.  Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicles, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.”

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