Severe weather causes major damage, leaves thousands without power


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Severe weather struck again in Central Virginia overnight.

The entire area was under a severe thunderstorm watch until midnight Thursday. The line of thunderstorms blew through the area, bringing strong winds, rain and hail.

At the height of last night’s storm, more than 500,000 people were without power. Click here to view the power outages across Central Va.

Two trees fell on the same stretch of Old Hundred Road South in Chesterfield right outside the Nuttree community, barely 100 yards apart from one another. Both collapsed onto a power line, which was resulted in nearly 1,000 outages.

“The front of it hit, the winds really picked up, trees were folding. Then I heard the transformers and the power lines go. It was just a loud buzz and a boom, and off went the lights,” said Chesterfield resident Patrick Stuhmer.

“Wow, it looked like Isabella all over again. Our neighborhood–we couldn’t go right, we couldn’t go left,” said resident Lois Fauth.

“It’s going to be another hot night in the house, no AC,” said Stuhmer.

Harrison Mobile Home Park off Boydtown Road in Dinwiddie was also hit with heavy winds.

The first round came and left quickly, but left behind a few reminders.

“Sounded like a freight train came through,” said Ricky Davis, a resident.

A tree also knocked down power lines, slamming into someone’s mobile home. Luckily, no one was inside at the time.

“The winds were very strong for them to pick up the car ports and blow them across the street. They were nailed into the ground,” said Davis.

Three massive car ports in total were flown across the highway. One was left on its side, two others flew across the highway, damaging a used car lot and knocking down more power lines.

The owner of the mobile home park and car lot estimates the storm did about $10,000 worth of damage. Still, he says, it could’ve been worse.

“It’s something we can’t help. Look what happened in Oklahoma. I think we’ve been real lucky,” said Charles Harrison.As always, stay with 8News for the latest on your StormTracker forecast.

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