Team Coverage: Severe Weather Hits Central Virginia

RICHMOND, VA-
Severe weather hit Central Virginia on Monday,
causing massive damage in some areas and leaving tens of thousands without
power.

Billed initially as a tornado, the storm lashed
high-rises downtown with rain and debris picked up by high winds.

Trees were reported down in multiple locations as the
storm passed through the western part of the Metro Richmond area.

Multiple reports of damage, including trees down on
homes and cars, were received. The western part of Henrico and the west end of Richmond were
particularly hit hard.

More than 136,000 customers were without power,
following the storm. Officials with Dominion Virginia Power said additional
line workers had been brought in from neighboring utilities to help restore
power.  

Dominion officials said they expect to restore power to the majority of
customers by overnight Wednesday. However, isolated areas could remain without
power until as late as Thursday morning, the company said.

For the latest power outage update, Click here.

Multiple area schools canceled class or announce they would operate on a
delay Tuesday.

-Richmond Public Schools Summer Sessions will be
closed for students.
-The Child
Development Center
at Fifth Street Baptist
Church on 3rd Ave. will be
closed.
-The Faison
School for Autism will
operate on a two-hour delay.

Parts of Interstate 64 west of Richmond were closed after trees fell in the
roadway. Traffic lights are out throughout the area, snarling afternoon
traffic.

Parts of the Broad Meadows and Dunncroft neighborhoods
in Glen Allen suffered major damage, with trees falling onto homes. 

One of the outfield walls at The Diamond in Richmond collapsed in
high winds. Also in Richmond,
a structure, which under renovations on Franklin St., partially collapsed in the
high winds.

Email your photos of storm damage to news@wric.com.

 

Copyright 2012 by Young
Broadcasting of Richmond

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