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Windy Tuesday: Charleston, WV - October 14, 2003 - 4:00PM-Overnight

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CHASE VIDEO: RealVideo, 2.6MB - Winds gusting over 25-30mph make their presence known around Charleston

Although Tuesday's severe weather threat turned out to be a non-event, the high winds behind the passing cold front stirred up the air in most of the state. The highest wind gust measured by the Storm Highway storm tracking vehicle was 30MPH, which occurred at 5:45PM in Teays Valley. However, winds stayed at or above 15MPH, often gusting to over 25MPH.

Scattered lightning was observed in a few locales, and a handful of severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in northern WV and southwestern PA.

Winds in the higher elevations were expected to be higher overnight, with gusts to 60MPH possible in the Blue Ridge vicinity of Virginia.

Frames from video:

Wind gusts lift the shingles on the roof of a Dunbar motel:

The Super 8 Motel's towering sign in Dunbar swayed precariously in the wind:

Traffic lights and signs are tossed around in downtown Charleston:

The anemometer (wind speed instrument) on the Storm Highway truck spinning fast in the wind:

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



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