Another Powerful Storm Rolls Area

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This summer’s unsettled weather continued last week with several strong thunderstorms.

The worst of the storms, on Thursday, produced heavy rainfall and hail, tree damage and power outages.

Thursday’s storm began after 6 and continued to around 9 p.m., and took down multiple trees and damaged power lines.

According to Rockbridge Fire and EMS Capt. Kevin Moore, no “major” emergency incidents occurred as a result of the storm. Between 7 and 9 p.m., Rockbridge County and Lexington emergency crews responded to fallen trees blocking road access and alarms triggered by power surges throughout affected areas.

Emergency crews worked into Friday to respond to remaining fallen trees, limbs and blocked roadways.

Moore reported one known motor vehicle accident on Interstate 64 at mile marker 54, just west of Lexington. The accident was likely due to low visibility in the severe weather.

Approximately 1,000 residents were without power as a result of the Aug. 1 storm. Dominion Energy media representative Jeremy Slayton said Lexington area customers affected by the storm experienced an outage that lasted about three hours. Slayton said power to most customers was restored by midnight following the storm.

BARC representative Jamie Lowry reported three incidents of pole damage as a result of the storm. The tree-related damages took place on Plank Road, Union Run Road and Jacktown Road. BARC responded to damages Friday morning and addressed the areas with poles that needed to be replaced.

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