High Winds Cause Damage

High Winds Cause Damage

CREWS work on power lines at the intersection of Furrs Mill and Greenhouse roads Friday morning following Thursday night’s storms. (Harrison Mines photo)

Storm Forecast

Also Postponed

Halloween Events

Storms with high winds resulted in downed trees and branches, damaged power lines and power outages throughout the area the night of Oct. 31, having already forced the postponement of local Halloween festivities until the following day.

Rockbridge Fire and EMS Chief Nathan Ramsey told The News-Gazette they received 21 separate calls regarding trees and power lines down throughout the evening. Ramsey said there were no injuries reported from the storm with Effinger, Glasgow, Gos-hen, Natural Bridge, Raphine, Buena Vista and Lexington fire departments responding to reported incidents.

Virginia Department of Transportation spokesperson Susan Hammond described instances of down trees, limbs and power lines as “pretty uniform” throughout the county, noting affected areas on Va. 631 west and Va. 39 toward Goshen as locations that took longer to clear by VDOT employees.

A broken power line pole in the Goshen area that evening resulted in widespread outages for Dominion customers lasting into Friday. Power lines also affected by the storm caused roadblocks at the Furrs Mill Road and Greenhouse Road intersection, as well as on Cold Run Drive.

Because of the forecast for strong storms, Lexington, Buena Vista and Glasgow all postponed trick-or-treating events until Friday.

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