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Evening storms hit portions of Ohio Valley with a force

Evening thunderstorms tore through the Ohio Valley Thursday, affecting multiple areas

Evening thunderstorms tore through the Ohio Valley Thursday, affecting multiple areas. One spot even being the NEWS9 station during a broadcast.

Portions of West Virginia were left without power, and flooding could be seen there and in areas like Belmont County. One spot hit particularly hard was in Neffs.

State Route 9 north near Provident outside of St. Clairsville was affected. Water could be seen covering the road in some places.

Traffic was backed up along 9 in both directions for some time due to the torrential downpour. Mall-goers at the Ohio Valley Mall also saw high waters in the parking lot.

County Road 43 in Jefferson County was flooded between John Scott Highway and Lovers Lane, with water running higher than normal along the creek as well. Viewers also told NEWS9 mud and water were coming down the hillside on Route 7 between Toronto and Steubenville.

Even the trees were not spared, with several photos shared of them uprooted and struck by lightning.

Finally, lightning also reportedly struck a transformer in Wellsburg, causing it to explode.

It happened around 6 p.m. on Skyvue Road. Neighbors say they heard a boom and saw a flash and before the transformer caught on fire.

"No, I didn't even think of looking up and everybody else was coming down from the rest of the neighborhood and they said that transformer is on fire,” said resident Doug Platt.

Firefighters arrived and had the flames extinguished in about 15 minutes. No one was injured in the explosion.

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