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Kanawha copes with power outages, traffic accidents, business closures

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Emergency shelters, widespread power outages and traffic accidents are pretty typical in the wintertime throughout West Virginia.

But not in Kanawha County in October.

As Superstorm Sandy wrecked the entire East Coast, heavy winds, rain and snow blew through West Virginia, stacking up several inches of snow throughout the state, including 20 inches of snow in Webster County. Several other counties that avoided heavy snow suffered under the threat of flooding.

In Kanawha County, a Metro 911 dispatcher said traffic lights were out in a few spots in Kanawha City and along Corridor G in South Charleston, leading to several accidents.

Metro 911 took 1,100 calls from 2-10:30 a.m., and dispatched 297 emergency units during that time period. Those calls included five accidents with injuries, 12 accidents without injuries, 26 downed power lines, 16 power line fires and 25 trees down.

A few shelters for Kanawha County residents without power were established before noon, as 34,246 houses did not have electricity in Kanawha County, according to AEP.

Charleston received 6 inches of snowfall, and an additional 1 to 3 inches was expected through 5 p.m. Oct. 30, according to the Kanawha County emergency officials. 

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