UPDATE: Numerous trees downed around Roanoke Valley from Friday’s storms

Roanoke Valley News

(Photo: Courtesy Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue)

(WFXR) — Crews around the Roanoke Valley are working to clear a number of downed trees off the roads after strong storms blew through the region Friday afternoon.

According to Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue, at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13, units responded to a report of a tree down in the area of 250 Hermitage Road.

However, when they arrived at the scene, first responders found 15 to 20 trees down in the immediate area, blocking roughly one mile along the road.

Scruggs Fire and Rescue is currently working with AEP and the Virginia Department of Transportation to clear the roadway, but motorists are asked to use caution if traveling in the area.

Appalachian Power says 55 customers are without power in this part of Franklin County as of 3:13 p.m. on Aug. 13, 2021. (Photo: Courtesy Appalachian Power)

Meanwhile, Appalachian Power is reporting an outage that started just before 2:15 p.m. on Friday and is impacting 55 customers along Hermitage Road in Franklin County. The company did not list a cause for the outage, but expects power will be restored by 7:30 p.m.

Over in Botetourt County, the 911 call center reported a large tree blown down by thunderstorm winds that was partially blocking Stayman Road in Cloverdale.

In Roanoke County, emergency officials say thunderstorm winds blew down a tree along Stanley Farm Road in Glenvar, as well as a large tree along Crutchfield Street in Cloverdale.

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