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July 8, 2014

Severe thunderstorm rips through county

FAIRMONT — A severe thunderstorm system came through Marion County around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, bringing around 30 minutes of heavy rain and fast winds.

According to Shawn Teets, lieutenant at Marion County 911, there were 21 reports of trees down and nine reports of downed wires.

Around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, more than 1,700 MonPower customers in Marion County were without power. By 8:25 p.m., the number had dropped to 1,483, representing approximately 5 percent of customers in the county.

Charlene Gilliam, representative for MonPower, said that the company has sent for linemen from its contractors and other operating companies to fix the damage.

“We will work 24/7 until everyone is restored,” Gilliam said.

Find the full story in Wednesday’s Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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