PARKERSBURG - A storm Thursday afternoon caused scattered power outages in Wood County, the electric company said.
Monongahela Power said 79 customers in Vienna, Mineral Wells and Camden Avenue in south Parkersburg were without power and repair crews were expected to have service restored Thursday night, said Greg Hefner, a spokesman for the power company said.
A storm with heavy rainfall went through the area bringing more than a quarter inch of rain, said Ray Young, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.
Pam Goodrich, general manager of the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, said the restaurant lost power before 6 p.m. after a lightning strike on a transformer in the back of the building.
"We have been told the power company is working on restoring the power as soon as possible," Goodrich said.
While the Olive Garden was left dark as well as the traffic light nearest the restaurant on Grand Central Avenue were without power, all other businesses in the area had no disruption in service.
Red Lobster, Outback Steakhouse and the Grand Central Mall were operating as normal.
Today is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 73. Saturday also is expected to be partly sunny with a high near 70.
The next rain isn't expected until Sunday with a 20 percent of showers expected after 3 p.m., the weather service reported.