Storms Take Out Trees, Power

Kroger's parking lot, photo by GayLea Goodbar
Margaret Lawrence helping to remove tree, Kerrs Creek area, photo by Susan Lawrence
Hail, Walkers Creek Road, by Rebecca Pitzer

Friday, Aug. 2 - Approximately 1,000 Rockbridge area residents were without power as a result of severe thunderstorms last night.

               Heavy rainfall, high winds and sizable hail occurred throughout the Rockbridge area last night beginning around 6:30. The storm, ending around 9 p.m., caused a number of fallen 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., EMS teams responded to fallen trees blocking road access and alarms triggered by power surges throughout affected areas.

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

               Dominion Energy media representative Jeremy Slayton told the News-Gazette Lexington area customers affected by the storm experienced an outage that lasted about three hours. Slayton said most customers were restored by midnight following the storm.

               As of this morning, EMS teams are still responding to a few reports of fallen trees in power lines in areas surrounding Lexington.

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