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Regatta Storms: Charleston, WV - August 28, 2003 - 4:00PM to 6:30PM & 4:30AM

By DAN ROBINSON
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CHASE VIDEO: RealVideo, 2.4MB - Storms in Charleston, lightning in Buffalo.

Several thunderstorms passed over Charleston during rush hour on Thursday afternoon. The heavy rains prompted a flash flood warning for Kanawha County and pushed the city's storm drainage system to the limits. The storm sewer outlets along the Kanawha River resembled the old Summersville Dam spillway tubes as jets of water exited at full force into the river.

After the rains moved off, sunlight quickly filtered in to create a rainbow over downtown as the first day of the Sternwheel Regatta got under way.

Earlier on Wednesday night, a cluster of thunderstorms developed in Mason, Putnam and Cabell counties and put on a lightning show before dissipating around midnight. The storms approached Buffalo at around 10:30PM (last two photos below) but lost intensity soon before arriving.

Frames from Video:

Rainwater gushes from storm drains into the Kanawha River on Thursday:

Lightning near the Toyota Plant in Buffalo on Wednesday night:

Digital Video: Sony DCR-TRV900 3CCD MiniDV, 720x480 NTSC

35mm Camera/Lens/Film: Pentax K1000 SLR, 28mm lens, Fuji Sensia 100 slides.
35mm Exposure: 1/250th second @ F8

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