Surprise Storm Causes Damage

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin
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July 3, 2006

A small storm with a lot of power made its way into the area on Sunday. Some people in our area spent the day surprised from a storm that seemed to come out of nowhere.

"All of a sudden it got pretty dark, and the wind started whipping up, and all of a sudden the rain came down really hard," said Paul Myers of the Willoughby Village portion of Albemarle County.

Paul Myers said the simple rain storm looked like a hurricane. His wife, sitting inside their Willoughby Village home looking outside a window, saw it too. She did not sit for long.

"She backed away from the window because it really looked like it was getting ready to some damage around here," added Myers.

What the Myers did not know was that the storm was already set to do its damage. The heavy rain and winds did its work in a short time, but left an impression that will last even longer.

"Wow, it was just like really about ten minutes. It just came through, went through, and it started getting light again," added Myers.

The quick-moving storm lingered long enough to knock down trees and power lines. Some of the trees even fell onto cars in the Fry Springs and Johnson Village neighborhoods.

"I had never seen anything like that in this area that quick," added Myers.

Happening almost as fast as the rain dropping from the sky on Sunday was the loss of power. Dominion Power says 10,000 people were in the dark along with several traffic lights.

All this pitter-patter, and there was barely even a sound to know it was there.

"I didn't hear anything different. There might have been a crack of thunder one time, but you never would have known it how fast that it came through," said Myers.

Dominion Power says most of their customers had their power restored late Sunday night, and a few of them had theirs restored early Monday morning.

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