BUCKHANNON — With winds recorded at 74 mph in Upshur County on Sunday night, emergency response personnel, law enforcement and power company workers were kept busy responding to numerous calls.
Emergency response personnel responded to multiple calls for trees down Sunday night as high winds ripped through the area.
Trees were reported down countywide with several falling into powerlines, knocking out cable and phone service, and blocking roadways before it all settled down again.
Traffic had to be diverted for several hours on Red Knob Road as a tree fell on a powerline causing a live power line to cross the road. Emergency responders rerouted traffic as they waited for power company workers to safely remove the line from the road before opening it back up to traffic.
Pole fires as well as tree fires from downed lines were reported on Turkey Run Road and Pringle Tree Park Road.
There were multiple scanner reports of trees down along Hackers Creek Road and Country Club Road.
A privately-owned Cessna 150 airplane that was parked at the Upshur County Regional Airport sustained damage during Sunday night’s storm. According to the airport’s service manager Jamie Wilt, the plane’s tie downs broke, and it went airborne before slamming down approximately 100 feet away, breaking the wheel completely off. The National Weather Service reportedly recorded 74 mph winds at the airport.
In addition to the many related calls, firefighters from the Buckhannon Fire Department responded at 7:49 p.m. with Adrian Volunteer Fire Department, Warren District Volunteer Fire Department and Washington District Volunteer Fire Company to a house fire on Pinnell Street. The quick response time by firefighters kept the home from being lost.
The National Weather Service issued several severe thunderstorm warnings throughout the evening for Upshur County and the surrounding area along with precautionary tornado watches.
According to NWS, just over an inch of rain fell Sunday night bring the monthly total to 1.93 inches.