June 12, 2014
Downed trees is one of the most common forms of damage from thunderstorms, and these can get in front of roads, bring down power lines, and destroy your property.
One storm early Thursday morning rumbled through Fluvanna County, lasted about an hour and a half, and did a good job at causing trouble.
Heavy winds were able to catch on the leaves and branches and pull down trees around Columbia in Fluvanna Co.
The storm was so disorganized that it didn't produce any hail. Most of the damage was likely done by straight line winds coming out of the thunderstorm from the south.
As a storm weakens it can briefly create stronger winds ahead of it as the storm pushes forward, this one could've easily produced winds above 50 miles per hour.
Now that the damage was done, the homeowners just wait.
Although the warmth during the day can help thunderstorms start, there are many other factors involved that can make thunderstorms at night just as strong.