Strong Winds Knock Out Power to Thousands in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A winter storm bringing strong wind gusts has knocked out electricity to thousands of West Virginia customers.

Wind chill advisories and warnings are in effect until Sunday afternoon throughout the state and until Monday morning in the Northern Panhandle. Overnight readings could dip below zero, and combined with strong winds could make it feel 20 to 30 below zero in many cities.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts reached 50 mph in Charleston and Elkins on Saturday afternoon. Gusts could reach 60 mph in some sections of the state.

FirstEnergy says about 4,900 customers lost power by Saturday evening, while American Electric Power says more than 2,300 customers lost service.

Numerous minor accidents occurred after snow began falling. Accumulations in some areas could reach 4 inches by Sunday morning.