RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Severe weather rocked Central Virginia Sunday night, toppling trees and downing power lines in many neighborhoods.
One of those trees, located on W. 34th and Beattie streets in Richmond, was housing four baby raccoons when it was struck by lightning.
The raccoons survived the tree fall and were rescued by a Mechanicsville resident, Jackie Crain, who is now taking them to the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.
Neighbors told 8News they woke up around 2 a.m. to a loud pop and looked outside to find a large tree lying across the roadway.
Residents in the neighborhood say this specific tree has been a problem in the past.
“It could have easily been prevented,” said resident David Northam. “Obviously, the city arborist didn’t know what they were doing, and the city didn’t help do anything to clean up or take care of it ahead of time. All this could have avoided.”
Many areas across Metro Richmond and the Tri-Cities remain without power. At one point, Chesterfield County had more than 16,000 customers in the dark.
Those power outage numbers are slowing going down as crews work to repair downed power lines. Dominion Energy customers can check the latest outage numbers here.