Weather service confirms tornado in Kanawha County

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A viewer in Mink Shoals, West Virginia, sent WSAZ this photo. Parts of Kanawha County were under a tornado warning.

Officials with the National Weather Service in Charleston have confirmed a tornado in Kanawha County Monday evening.

A weather-service survey team found damage in the Alum Creek area in the vicinity of U.S. Route 119 on Tuesday that was consistent with a tornado.

The team is working its way north, surveying damage toward the South Hills and Southridge areas and then eventually into Charleston.

The storm Monday evening left behind uprooted trees and broken limbs and caused thousands in the Kanawha Valley to be without power.

As of noon Tuesday, there were still more than 16,500 AEP customers without power in Kanawha County alone.

After a brief tornado warning was issued Monday evening in parts of Kanawha County, there are multiple reports of damage in some areas.

Trees are reported down in parts of the county, including in the 800 block of Scenic Drive -- located off Greenbrier Street in Charleston.

One woman on Bridge Rd. was trapped after a tree fell on her house, but a neighbor kicked in the door and rescued her.

The tornado warning also caused a recess in the West Virginia Senate chambers during the ongoing special session about education reform. Lights flickered inside the chamber at the time.

A viewer in the Mink Shoals area sent us a photo of what appears to be a funnel cloud.

The Kanawha County Commission issued a statement later Monday night, saying the damage appears to have been caused by a tornado.

"It is my belief that a tornado touched down in several areas of the county," Commission President Kent Carper said in a release. "This will be verified by the National Weather Service, however based on damage we are seeing and pictures that have been provided it appears a tornado touched down in Kanawha County.

Commissioners say the hardest hit areas appear to be along Corridor G, South Hills, Kanawha State Forest and the Elk River area.

We have crews out in parts of Charleston and surrounding areas of the county that appeared to have sustained the worst damages.

The tornado warning was radar indicated. There is no official confirmation at this time that a tornado actually formed or touched down.

Meanwhile, nearly 20,000 people are without power in Kanawha County alone.