Still Lots of Power Outages; Assessing Storm Damage
by Deirdre Blake
posted Jun 20 2014 11:37AM
Most of us in the Fredericksburg and northern Virginia region that lost power after last night's rough storms have it back. Lots of people in the southeastern part of the state and the Richmond area weren't that lucky though. Dominion Virginia Power says more than 10,000 of its' customers are still without. More than 44,000 were in the dark after the height of the storm.
Some damage was reported, especially in parts of Spotsylvania and Alexandria, but even one really bad storm during the hurricane season could get expensive. If you live in an area where your basement or lower levels of the house flood, the state department of emergency management says elevate expensive equipment that could get water damage and tie down anything outside.
The National Weather Service is still trying to decide what caused a tree to fall on a Prince William house. It could have been caused by straight-line winds, defined as the downdraft of a fast-moving thunderstorm. They're similar to what happened during the Deracho in Fredericksburg in 2012 and some gusts were reported up to 60 mph. The National Weather Service in Wakefield says spotters reported nickel-size hail, while trees fell across roads and onto homes in several areas.