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  • Alex Hines

    Alex Hines

    Thursday, January 9 2014 1:02 PM EST2014-01-09 18:02:23 GMT
    Alex is the reporter for Lewis, Gilmer, Barbour, Randolph, and Webster Counties.


     
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  • North Central WV Weekend Outlook for April 18-20

    North Central WV Weekend Outlook for April 18-20

    Friday, April 18 2014 4:00 AM EDT2014-04-18 08:00:12 GMT
    With it being a holiday weekend, there's not much in the way of fairs or festivals scheduled, but there's still plenty to do around north central West Virginia. Saturday: Stonewall Resort, in Lewis County,
    With it being a holiday weekend, there's not much in the way of fairs or festivals scheduled, but there's still plenty to do around north central West Virginia. Saturday: Stonewall Resort, in Lewis County,
  • Try-Again Homes to Host Open House April 25th

    Try-Again Homes to Host Open House April 25th

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:12:24 GMT
    Try-Again Homes will hold an open house on Friday, April 25th, to educate potential foster parents, and encourage people to open their homes to foster children.According to Try-Again Homes, in the United
    Try-Again Homes will hold an open house on Friday, April 25th, to educate potential foster parents, and encourage people to open their homes to foster children.According to Try-Again Homes, in the United
  • The City Of Clarksburg Acquires A Historic Theater

    The City Of Clarksburg Acquires A Historic Theater

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:11 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:11:23 GMT
    The Robinson Grand TheaterThe Robinson Grand Theater
    Clarksburg City Council approved a second reading of the ordinance to acquire the Rose Garden Theater, Thursday night.
    Clarksburg City Council met Thursday night to discuss ‘The Robinson Grand Theater', also known as the ‘Rose Garden Theater', that the city plans to acquire. 

While our area dealt with rain on Thursday, the whole planet experienced a storm of its own.

Some experts were worried that unusually large solar flares might trigger storms in the atmosphere that would wreak havoc with global electronics.

Those storms have the potential to disable power grids and computer chips in everything from refrigerators to satellites, which a professor at West Virginia University said can cause more problems than you might think.

"A lot of things we might not even think about are based on satellites. Cell phones, pay at the pump, GPS, all these things need satellites in order to work," said Paul Cassak, WVU Assistant Physics Professor.

Cassak said the solar storm was not as strong as it could have been but said we can expect more over the next few years.