July 4, 2011
Strong storms ripped through Central Virginia Sunday night leaving as many as 18,000 without power. As of Monday evening Dominion Virginia Power reported more than 900 customers in Charlottesville and Albemarle County without power.
Downed trees blocked roadways and became tangled in power lines.
"We had a lot of lightning and thunder, a little bit of wind, quite a bit of rain and it scattered everything everywhere," said county resident John Mott. "It took down a pretty big pine tree."
A spokesman for Dominion says they are having a harder time restoring the outages because of the Fourth of July holiday. They are having to bring in crews who normally would be off for the holiday. He says Dominion is working as quickly and safely as possible and are asking for patience from customers.
If you are without power you can call 1-866-DOM-HELP to get an update on an estimated restoration time.
Mott, like many others, spent the 4th of July holiday morning picking up the storm's remnants from his yard.
"I don't need any more of these violent storms because they were like right on top of us. Lightning hit right over my house, and you'd look out to see if the trees were OK," said Mott.
Downed power lines and trees also closed several roads in the area. Albemarle County Police reported the following closures early Monday morning:
2000 block of Earlysville Road
2100 block of Garth Road
400 block of East Rio Road
2600 block of Ridge Road
100 block of Woodlake Drive
Lightning reportedly hit an apartment complex in Pantops. It caused minor damage and no injuries.
You can monitor the outages on Dominion's interactive outage map.