Strong winds bring down trees across Central Virginia; more than 7,000 still without power

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Localities across Central Virginia dealt with the remnants of severe weather Friday morning as fallen trees and power lines damaged homes and led to thousands of power outages.

As of 7 a.m. Saturday, more than 5,000 Dominion Energy customers across Central Virginia are without power. Chesterfield County (1,610), Henrico County (1,6417) and Richmond (1,761) are currently experiencing the most outages.

In Chesterfield County, multiple homes on Sandbag Circle and Groundhog Drive were damaged by fallen trees, according to Chester Fire & EMS.

A man who lives in the area told 8News he had just replaced the roof of his home three months ago before a tree sliced it in half Friday morning.

“I was sleeping right at that second window right there and it probably would’ve been my last nap,” Alfred Gregory Hill said.

Hill’s daughter, Izetta Hill, added, “The floor started shaking and that’s when I knew something was wrong.”

The Hill’s neighbor, Michael White, said he heard it happen. And when he went to take a look, he found trouble in his front yard, too.

“The car got swallowed by a tree,” White said of his step-brother’s car that was wedged beneath a tree trunk.

A downed power line also shut down Jefferson Davis Highway in both directions in Chester.

The road was still closed as of 10:30 a.m. and no indication has been given as to when it will reopen.

In Henrico County, fire crews had to assist a man and his dog out of their home after a tree fell into their house along the 7100 block of Dexter Road in the county’s west end.

There were no reported injuries.

Henrico Fire said they are receiving many calls for service for trees into homes and along roadways.

Treat all down power lines as if they are energized. Do not attempt to touch any power line. Call 911 and keep everyone away.

Henrico Fire

In Hanover County, 8News viewer Robyn Waters shared video of heavy rain falling in Ashland.

Dominion Energy said it has restored power to 50,000 customers since Thursday night as they work to ‘complete restoration’ across Central Virginia.

From Dominion Energy:

“We continue working hard to restore power following last night’s windstorm. As of 5pm, we have restored power to more than 80% of the 165,000 customers impacted. See below for an update on restoration efforts for the remaining 28,000 customers.”

  • Customers in our Northwest region will be restored by 11:00 PM.
  • Customers in our Eastern region will be restored by 11:00 PM Saturday. 
  • The vast majority of customers in our Richmond Metro and surrounding areas will be restored by 11:00 PM on Saturday. 
  • Estimated restoration times will be populated on all projects beginning this evening and into Saturday morning.
  • More than 165,000 Dominion Energy customers lost power due to the windy conditions with gusts up to 60 miles per hour that blew across Virginia and North Carolina beginning Friday morning.
  • As of about 5 PM, about 82% of those customers had power restored; just over 28,000 customers remain without power.
  • Our restoration teams are out, working hard to make repairs and restore power as quickly and safely as they can.  We appreciate our customers’ patience throughout the restoration process.
  • When storms hit, our first priority is always the safety of our customers and employees.
  • Beware of any lines that may have fallen or come into contact with trees, debris, or water. Assume they are energized and dangerous. Stay at least 30 feet away and make sure your family, pets, and neighbors also avoid the downed wire. Call Dominion Energy right away at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to speak with an agent to report the downed wire.
  • Recent rainfall has saturated the ground, which made trees more likely to uproot and topple into power lines when the high winds hit.
  • Patrol teams are out in force assessing damage, and they have found downed wires, fallen trees, and broken utility poles.
  • The rain and wind caused widespread outages across Virginia. We are moving crews from the less-impacted regions to support the hardest-hit areas, including parts of central Virginia.
  • Be sure to report your outage to us right away to help with an efficient restoration. The quickest and easiest way is to report it is through the Dominion Energy outage reporting app or through dominionenergy.com using your mobile device. You can also call us at 1-866-DOM-HELP.

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