Storm causes temporary outages
After a long drought, Mother Nature made her watery return known during a thunderstorm early Tuesday morning.
Around 8 a.m., Tuesday, a strong line of storms brought heavy rains and strong winds into Clay County.
According to E911 Dispatch at the Clay County Justice Center, most of the reports of damage were in the Staunton and Coalmont area. Damage reports focused mainly on trees falling across roadways and on power lines, with only one report of a tree falling on a garage in the area near 1473 East United States 40.
At one point, according to the Duke Energy website (www.duke-energy.com), more than 2,000 local residents were without power temporarily due to the storm. However, by late afternoon, the number of residents on the website without power dwindled.
Although a good amount of rain feel throughout the county, it was not enough to compensate recent dry conditions.
The extended countywide burn ban remains in effect at least until Monday, Nov. 1.