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Powerful storm rolls through Kanawha County

By Staff reports
Lawrence Pierce
A woman waits for an emergency crew to begin pulling her Jeep from high water along Court Street. Police and firefighters responded to about 10 water rescues during a powerful storm Wednesday night.
Lawrence Pierce
An employee mops up water that leaked into Wendy's on Virginia Street East on Wednesday. A powerful rainstorm dumped water into the lobby before it closed.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Multiple water rescues were under way in Kanawha County Wednesday night as a powerful thunderstorm storm rolled through the area.  Emergency crews were responding to four water rescues in Charleston, three in Jefferson, five in Cross Lanes and one in Tornado, according to Metro 911's website. A flood warning has been issued for central Kanawha and east central Putnam County. It will remain in effect until 11:45 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 10 p.m. in portions of Braxton, Clay, Calhoun and Roane counties.  
Several trees were reported down, as well as power lines. Standing water is being reported on several roads, as well as high water on spots of Interstate 64.  A spokeswoman with the National Weather Service in Charleston said the storm was moving out of the Charleston area at about 8:30 p.m. Light rain was expected to follow. One accident has closed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 near the Montrose Drive exit ramp. Another accident closed one northbound lane along Interstate 79 near the Mink Shoals exit.
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