Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Wayne and Whitley County until 11 p.m. While the worst of the weather held off this afternoon, it looks like we will still see some strong storms later tonight, generally between 8 p.m. and midnight. These storms will likely feature strong winds and hail, with heavy rain and an isolated tornado (mainly possible in the Cumberland Valley/I-75 corridor) being the secondary threats. Keep it locked here for the latest.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's governor has authorized a burning ban as the state continues to recover from last weekend's storms.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Friday that a combination of scarce water supplies, dry conditions and emergency personnel stretched thin by the recovery effort led to his decision.
The ban is effective immediately and will continue until West Virginia's state of emergency is lifted.
About 200,000 homes and businesses remained without power Friday as a result of strong winds that toppled trees and snapped utility lines.