February 25, 2011
Gusty winds are sweeping through Central Virginia Friday, leaving thousands of residents in the dark due to downed power lines.
Dominion Virginia Power is showing around 3,800 without power in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, with the largest concentration of outages in the southern parts of the City and the Hollymead area of the County. Power was restored to surrounding counties Friday night.
Central Virginia outages totaled around 7,500 as of 5:30pm. At the height of the outages, around 15,000 customers were without power in Central Virginia.
Several roads in Albemarle County are partially blocked by downed trees. The following roads are fully blocked and motorists are encouraged to find an alternate route: 5th Street at the City/County line; Taylors Gap. Earlysville Road at Burford Lane and Polo Grounds Road were closed, but reopened shortly after 5pm.
Several intersections along Route 29 were out Friday afternoon, but power had been restored to all of them by 5:30pm.
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for Albemarle, Buckingham, Culpeper, Greene, Madison, Nelson and Orange until 7pm Friday. Wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour Friday afternoon and evening are possible.