High winds, strong storms wreak havoc in Mingo Co.

Rachel Dove rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

February 23, 2014

By Rachel Dove


WILLIAMSON - Although most residents of Mingo County were prepared for a severe storm that had been forecast to hit the Tug Valley area early Friday, downtown Williamson businesses were not prepared to find themselves without electricity for most of the day, with power being restored to most locations before midnight.

According to Mingo County Interim Emergency Services Director Doug Goolsby, Williamson seemed to have been hit harder than most of the county, followed by locations in Kermit, Matewan, Ragland, Marrowbone and Dingess.

A gazebo/shelter that was constructed last summer at the Williamson Swimming Pool was brought to the ground during the powerful winds that are said to have gusted to 35-50 mph. The gazebo will have to undergo extensive renovations before the complex reopens on Memorial Day weekend.

The high wind and torrential downpours also caused several trees to fall throughout the county, which resulted in downed electrical, telephone and cable television lines which created an inconvenience for several communities. Only a handful of businesses in Williamson had electricity on Friday, with most seeing service restored shortly before 5 p.m. Appalachian Electric Power had line crews at work throughout the day and into the evening in an effort to see all repairs completed.

Goolsby told the Daily News that he was very thankful the storm didn’t do more damage than was reported, commenting that he had not been informed of any homes or businesses suffering anything other than a power outage, nor were any traffic accidents attributed to the wind and rain.