ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – Powerful thunderstorms have caused flooding and fires in some parts of western Virginia. The Roanoke Times reports that several roads were shut down in the Alleghany Highlands and Roanoke Valley due to flooding Thursday after storms moved through the area.
The storms also brought down trees and left some customers without power. Lightning strikes also caused a few homes to catch on fire.
The thunderstorms also battered West Virginia, where Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency Thursday for 44 counties.