RICHMOND, VA - More than 170,000 homes and businesses were without power in Virginia after a storm packing strong winds swept through the state.
Across Virginia, tens of thousands of Dominion Virginia Power customers were without power following Thursday's severe weather.
At the peak of the storm some 200,000 customers were without power in Virginia.
In the Richmond, Tri-Cities area nearly 100,000 customers were without power at the height of the storm.
Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard said the storm toppled power lines and trees, but no injuries had been reported by late Thursday afternoon. She said the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas were hit hard, and the storm was pummeling the Richmond area as well.
National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Sammler in Wakefield said Richmond International Airport reported a wind gust of 48 mph, and it was likely some areas saw gusts of up to 60 mph. Rainfall across the area was generally less than a half-inch.
To report an outage call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).
Dominion is reporting some 9,000 properties are still without power in Petersburg. For residents who need to charge devices such as cell phones and computers, please go to Petersburg Station located at 100 West Washington Street. Petersburg Station is open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
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