By: Maisie Stout
Early morning on March 1st many people were awoken by thunder and loud wind as a powerful storm came bustling through many parts of West Virginia. Flash flood warnings were in effect at around 7:30 until 10:30 am. According to the National Weather Service, winds speeds reached 60 miles per hour. It continued to storm all morning, making many students and teachers anxious. Many counties decided to have an early dismissal as a safety precaution, although Jackson was not one of them.
To make matters worse, a tornado warning went into effect at around 10:00, advising people to take shelter. Students at Ripley High were instructed to remain in their current class rooms and stay away from windows. These precautions only lasted through one class period though, so other than the actual storm it was a regular school day.
“I thought the tornado warning was stressful,” sophomore Brooke Hatcher said.
Results of the storm are wide-spread; thousands of people all across West Virginia lost power. More than 93,000 Appalachian Power customers lost power Wednesday, and many of them will likely not get it back until the weekend. Many members of Jackson County also lost power, around 1,200 people were out of power as of Wednesday evening.
“I lost power in the storm and it isn’t scheduled to come back until Saturday at ten pm. My house has been like an ice cube for the past couple of days,” junior Kalyn Ring said.
Although many people lost power, there was no significant flooding or damage done by the storm.