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Weather service says state could see storms

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Much of West Virginia could see thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and into the evening, the National Weather Service said this morning.

According to the NWS in Charleston, there is a slight risk of severe storms associated with a cold front moving through the area.

"We are going to see some thunderstorms and showers, a few ahead of the cold front, but later tonight all of us will see some showers and thunderstorms," said Joe Merchant, a meteorologist with the NWS.

The storms may produce strong winds, he said.

The cold front will make its way through the area by mid-morning Friday, bringing rain showers and cooler temperatures, Merchant said.

West Virginia counties that are at risk for severe thunderstorms include Kanawha, Putnam, Wayne, Cabell, Mason, Jackson, Wood, Pleasants, Tyler, Lincoln, Roane, Wirt, Calhoun, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mingo, Logan, Boone, Clay, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, McDowell, Wyoming, Raleigh, Fayette and Nicholas, the NWS said Thursday morning.

Just before noon Thursday, the only official warning issued by the weather service in West Virginia was a flood watch in Hancock County.


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