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Update: Mercer County still recovering from Thursday's storm

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Crews are working around the clock to cleanup after Thursday's storms that ripped through the Mountain State.

59 News spoke with those in our area who were most affected. A few Mercer County residents had very close calls and they said they're feeling lucky to be alive today.

"We didn't prepare for it at all. We did not think something like that would happen," said Princeton resident Ashley Rotenberry.

Although not as powerful as last year's derecho, Thursday's storm still packed quite a punch.

Princeton Public Works told us what they dealt with yesterday.

"We had a lot of water and some debris we've had to clean off the catch basins. A couple of trees caught the power lines and we had to call AEP. It was basically a little more than a really heavy rain and thunderstorm," said Jackie Phillips.

Neighbors told 59News they looked outside their house and saw a tree catching on fire. It tumbled down right on a house.

"She was outside and she saw 2 or 3 fireballs over in the tree, next thing she knew the tree caught on fire and it fell on the power line and knocked out our power. It turned off at 2:00 yesterday and didn't come back on until 9:00 last night. It's very devastating that it happened so close to home but it could have been much more worse than what it was," Rotenberry added.

A Tazewell County resident told 59News he takes every step necessary to stay safe but it still wasn't good enough.

"My mom's jeep sits outside the garage area and it landed within a foot in front of the jeep and it busted out some of the roof. We will definitely be more prepared next time like we will cut down some of the trees that are close to our house and garage so it doesn't happen again," said Bluefield, V.A. homeowner Robert Owens.

Stay with 59News on air and online as we continue to update you with current power outages.


 

American Electric Power is reporting more than 1,300 are still without power in Mercer County on Friday afternoon.  A few hundred in Tazewell, Fayette and Raleigh Counties are also in the dark.

The severe thunderstorms that moved through West Virginia on Thursday hit Mercer County hard.  Tree limbs were partially responsible for knocking out power. One home is Princeton saw some branches land on the front porch. A neighbor spoke with 59News and said her mom heard a loud bang and looked out her window and saw balls of fire and the tree caught on fire. She said they lost power all day and all night. This latest storm has convinced that woman to buy a generator

59News wants to know how area residents are recovering from the storm that many believed could be as strong and damaging as last summer's derecho. We are finding out today what you should do to be prepared in the event that the possibility of another derecho does become a reality.

59News reporter Jessie Gavin is Working for You and will bring you the latest here and tonight at 5 and 6 p.m.