The Williamson Daily News | Severe thunderstorms hammer area – West Virginia News

The Williamson Daily News | Severe thunderstorms hammer area –  West Virginia News

Severe thunderstorms ripped through the Pike County, Ky. and Mingo County, W.Va. area Friday morning causing all sorts of problems.

According to Doug Goolsby, Director of the Mingo County Emergency Management, the National Weather Service said that more than three inches of rain fell in a short amount of time and those storms came through Pike County into Mingo County.

One of the worst hit areas was Blackberry Creek and the Ball Fork Mountain areas of Pike County, Ky. A temporary bridge that served the Blue Springs hollow washed completely out. This span was put in because the old bridge was deemed unsafe. But the torrential rains tore out the temporay drain/bridge that also serves the Blackberry Volunteer Fire Department.

Pike County was under a code red until 2:00 p.m. Friday, according to an official with the Pike County Emergency Services.

High water from Pond Creek rose above road levels in the Huddy, Toler, Murphy Bottom and Stone communtities of Pike County, Ky.

Debris and mud covered the road on Ball Fork Mountain and made it impassable for a time.

One homeowner near Pinsonfork, Ky., rushed to get outdoor pets to safety.

Friday’s heavy rain, lighting and loud thunder targeted the Coalfields of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia with isolated downpours. Other counties besides Mingo and Pike that were hit included Floyd County, Ky. and Logan, Wyoming and McDowell Counties of W.Va.

Late morning high water reports from the National Weather Service in Jackson, Ky. focused on Buskirk and Kimper in Pike County.

By late afternoon, the rains had ended and sunny skies and hotter temperatures took control.

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