Storms bring much-needed rainfall to region
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March winds and April showers? True this year, but the winds continued into April along with a thunderstorm that dropped 1.14 inches of moisture at the Gilmer airport around 8 a.m. Monday. Hail fell briefly in Gilmer.

As a front moved in the temperature dropped from 74 degrees at 5 a.m. Monday to 55 degrees at 9 a.m. with the high wind measured at 36 mph.

The rain brought the year’s total to a below-average 8.09 inches. A warming trend was expected for the rest of the week, with a slight chance of rain Thursday and again from Saturday night through Sunday night.

Upshur County Engineer Eric Fisher said Monday’s hail and thunderstorm caused “no issues with flooding,” but downed 12 to 15 trees over county roads.

County Road and Bridge Dept. crews were pretty busy Monday and Tuesday clearing the trees countywide, so the storm “delayed some of our rehabilitation work. . .nothing major,” Fisher said.

“We just had to pull those crews off” those jobs to deal with the trees, said Fisher, who is in the process of formulating his summer road construction plan.

A spokeswoman for the Gilmer Police Dept. said Tuesday, “We survived the storm (Monday) well. We did not have even one alarm call, which is very odd.”

Trina Quinn at Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative said that the storm knocked down six utility poles, with 600 to 700 customers losing power. Most of the outages were in the Pittsburg, Hallsville and Noonday areas, she said.

Those driving in to work from rural areas around Gilmer reported seeing large hail.

Maximum wind velocity at the height of the storm about 8 a.m. was 36 miles per hour at the Gilmer airport weather station.

Meanwhile, preparations are continuing for the annual Membership Meeting of Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative, which will be tomorrow (Thursday, April 7) at 1:30 p.m.

Registration will begin at noon at the auditorium at the Co-op headquarters on Hwy. 154 W. (West Tyler St.) in Gilmer.

Registration cards and Official Director Ballots were mailed to members recently.

Three director positions are on the ballot: District 1, Frankie B. King; District 2, Joe Don Beard; and District 3, J.C. “Sonny” McKnight.

Door prizes will be given.
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