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Tyler County Affected By Severe Weather

By Staff | May 16, 2018

WV DOH workers clear small roadways in Tyler County of debris caused by severe thunderstorms Tuesday evening.

Areas of Tyler County appeared to get especially hit hard with severe weather Tuesday evening, as schools were closed Wednesday and several communities were without electricity as of Wednesday morning.

The school system cancelled the sports banquet for that evening and closed the board office for the day.

Early Wednesday morning, Tyler County Schools had reported a three-hour delay via its official Facebook page. It was noted school officials were assessing “bus routes and an electrical problem at Tyler Consolidated.”

“We apologize for the late notice, but these are unusual circumstances,” the post read.

Schools were closed approximately two hours later.

Culverts and ditches are plugged with sticks and other forms of debris as a result of severe thunderstorms Tuesday night.

Office of Emergency Management Director Tom Cooper said he had no official news regarding the severe weather. “There is stuff flying on Facebook; I’m not getting calls, just hearing it,” he said.

Damages appeared to be caused by heavy wind and rain.

Cooper said he did hear reports of some flash flooding, along with water culverts being damaged.

West Virginia Department of Highways workers, stationed around the Sistersville area, noted Wednesday morning the DOH had been working on storm recovery since 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.

As of approximately 10 am., parts of Alma, Friendly, Greenwood, Middlebourne, Pennsboro, Sistersville, Wick, and Wilbur were still without electricity. Estimated times of restoration ranged from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Trees and branches caused travel headaches Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, as a result of severe weather in Tyler County. (Photos by Chad Turner)