PHOTOS: Strong storms leave damage, outages in their wake

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 20 at 5:53 PM

HAMPTON ROADS -- Strong storms blew through the region Thursday evening, leaving downed trees and power lines in their wake.

At one point, more than 40,000 Dominion Power customers in Hampton Roads were without power. Many of the outages were in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.

Latest outages reported by Dominion Power

Power lines were down on Briar Hill Road in the City of Norfolk. Police have closed Briar Hill Road from E. Va. Beach Blvd to Poplar Hall Drive. Residents in that area are asked to avoid this road. The road closure is expected to last until mid morning.

Battlefield Parkway in Chesapeake was also shut down, as crews worked to remove downed trees and repair damage to power lines there. 

“They’ve got the roads blocked all the way, my neighborhood is isolated off from everything,” said Toby Davis.

Massive trees toppled power lines along Benefit and Johnstown roads in Chesapeake.  Dominion Power crews have closed portions of the road.

Cindy Butt said she was scared to death when high winds snapped trees on her property.
    
"The good Lord saved us. When you look at all the damage, it is plain to see the good Lord saved us," said Butt.
    
William Malin had a huge old oak tree fall.  It now blocks his entrance.
     
"All of us around here lost power.  Now I am trapped.  Hopefully crews will get the trees up so we can then get the power lines up," said Malin.
    
City of Chesapeake Public Works crews are redirecting traffic in the area.  They say cleanup may take a couple of days.

In Virginia Beach, Elise Turner was watching her two grandsons when the neighbors tree hit her SUV.

“I’m looking out the window and the tree very silently went down slowly and our cable went out and our electricity went out,” said Turner.

Downed trees, like this one were reported in the Greenbrier area  (photo courtesy Larry Stevens, 13News Now viewer)

Dominion crews have been replacing blown fuses on many power poles after the incredible amount of lightning Thursday night. 

Crews say it takes just a couple minutes to replace each one but with the widespread damage it is taking time to get repairs made.  

Dominion officials tell 13News Now that although power lines have lightning protectors, sometimes the strike is too powerful for it to handle.

The storm caused nearly 90,00 customers across the state to lose power.

In comparison, 1.6 million people lost power during Hurricane Isabel.

Officials say they hope to have power restored to all customers by 10 p.m. Friday.
 

 

 

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