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National Weather Service confirms rare tornado in W.Va.

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Dwight Ford hands over his daughter Jasmine, 8, to her mother, Laura Stallings, after the car they were driving in was struck by a falling pole that had itself been hit by a lightning bolt after a suspected tornado tore through Charleston, W.Va., Monday, June 24, 2019.
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Rachel Trout walks her dog Lilly past a house partly destroyed by a falling tree after a suspected tornado tore through Charleston, W.Va., Monday, June 24, 2019.
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Charlie Milton clears tree branches from Quarrier Street after a suspected tornado tore through Charleston, W.Va., Monday, June 24, 2019.
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People walk along Hickory Road after a suspected tornado tore through Charleston, W.Va., on Monday, June 24, 2019.
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Peyton King, left, and Vince Staples clear debris from Hickory Road after a suspected tornado tore through Charleston, W.Va., Monday, June 24, 2019.
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Jim Mattis gets something out of his truck after a suspected tornado tore through Charleston, W.Va., Monday, June 24, 2019.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The National Weather Service says storm-related damage indicates a rare tornado touched down in West Virginia.

The weather service says on Twitter a tornado hit the Alum Creek area Monday night along U.S. Route 119 southwest of Charleston. The weather service says a survey team is looking at damage in other areas Tuesday in Kanawha County, where large trees toppled onto homes and roads.

The weather service is still determining the tornado’s strength.

With its vast network of hills and mountains, West Virginia averages two tornadoes a year.

Monday’s storm left more than 20,000 Appalachian Power customers without electricity. Charleston’s Yeager Airport said on Twitter it was operating on backup generators.

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