More than 24,000 Appalachian Power customers are without service in West Virginia after severe storms ripped through, sparking tornado warnings and tornadoes Monday evening.

A tornado touched down at Alum Creek, damage stretching for 11 miles. In Kanawha County ominous cloud formations hovered, with hundreds if not thousands of trees down.

Damage is extensive in some areas, and families are expressing their gratitude to be alive.

In Calhoun, about 10:30 p.m. a large tree fell across a power line on Phillips Run, disrupting power to Grantsville. It was restored at 2 a.m.

As of 8:30 p.m. Monday, Kanawha County had more than 19,700 customers with no power. Fayette County had more than 1,600 customers without service.

Heavy rain pounded much of the area, with wind gusts at 75-90 mph in some areas.

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