AEP continues efforts to restore power to customers who remain in the dark from Tuesday afternoon’s severe storms

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UPDATE 10:45 p.m.: Appalachian Power crews are still working to restore power in areas where power was cut due to severe storms Tuesday afternoon.

Outages on AEP’s grid is just under 17,000.

In our area, Bedford and Amherst Counties are still listed with the highest number of outages with between 3,900 and 4,500 customers still in the dark, respectively.

Elsewhere, significant progress is being made for complete restoration.

Roanoke, Montgomery and Botetourt Counties each have around 1,000 customers still without power.

Lynchburg residents without power still total around 1,500.

(Image courtesy of Appalachian Power).

UPDATE 8:50 p.m.: Power crews continue to restore power to those who were knocked out due to severe storms at helped to blow down trees and power lines across much of the region on Tuesday.

As of 8:50 p.m., Appalachian Power says around 20,000 customers are still without power – a large number of those are in central Virginia.

In Amherst County, just over 5,000 were still without power.

In Bedford County, just under 5,000 were still in the dark.

Crews have made decent headway in the NRV where only sporadic outages remain.

In Roanoke County, more than 1,200 were without power.

In Montgomery County, over 1,600 remained without power.

In Botetourt County, around 1,100 were in the dark.

Roanoke was said to have around 700 without power and in Lynchburg, around 1,700 customers were left in the dark.

Crews will continue efforts to restore power to those without electricity through the night.

(Image courtesy of Appalachian Power).
Latest damage reports:
LocationEstimated Time of ReportType of Damage
2 miles NE of Cave Spring, Roanoke Co.2:33 p.m.3-inch tree limbs/power poles broken
Elliston, Montgomery Co.2:20 p.m.Large tree down in median of Rt. 460 near Big Spring Baptist Church
2 miles S of Hollins, Roanoke Co.2:47 p.m.3 large trees down and power is out
Roanoke Road & Den Hill, Montgomery Countyn/aHigh water on the roadway
3 miles WNW of Roanoke2:31 p.m.Tree down at the intersection of Westside Blvd. NW and Salem Turnpike
Roanoke City2:33 p.m.Tree blown down at intersection of 13th Street SW and Patterson Avenue
2 miles SSW of Roanoke2:34 p.m.Tree blown down at intersection of Brandon Avenue and Canterbury Road SW
1 mile ESE of Roanoke3:00 p.m.Flooding in downtown Roanoke including a vehicle stuck in water at 1 1/2 Street and Salem Avenue – also, flooding reported at Campbell Avenue and 10th Avenue SW
2 miles SW of Roanoken/aWinds blew large limbs down in the 1900 block of Greenwood Road
1 mile W of Salem2:25 p.m.Winds blew down multiple limbs along West Riverside Drive
1 mile SSE of Salem2:27 p.m.Multiple limbs and two trees blown down along Apperson Drive near the American Legion
City of Lynchburgn/aTrees down on Wiggington Road
Bedford Countyn/aMobile home on its side on Robin Crest Circle
Bedford Countyn/aTree on a home on Coffee Road
2 miles WNW Thaxton, Bedford County3:00 pmAt least two mobile homes blown off their foundation in the Robincrest Mobile Home Park between Montvale and Thaxton along Route 460. Several large trees down in the area; considerable debris along the highway and in the mobile home park. No injuries or fatalities reported.
1 mile SE of Daleville, Botetourt Co.2:40 p.m.Trees uprooted or snapped. A roof blown off a structure
1 mile ESE Buena Vista3:19 p.m.Large tree down at the intersection of East 25th Street and Maple Avenue
Elliston, Montgomery Co.2:45 p.m.A couple of large trees and several limbs down on Rt. 11/Rt. 460
Big Island, Bedford Co.3:35 p.m.Nickel-sized hail reported
2 miles SSE of Roanoke City2:39 p.m.Tree down on Mill Mountain
1 mile WSW of Hollins, Roanoke Co.2:37 p.m.Tree down on Lakeview Circle NW
1 mile SE of Blacksburg, Montgomery Co.2:05 p.m.Large tree down on home on Hemlock Street
2 miles N of Lithia, Botetourt Co.2:50 p.m.Tree down on trailer along Prease Road
2 miles WSW of Buchanan, Botetourt Co.2:57 p.m.Tree down on Lithia Road
3 miles SSW of Buena Vista, Rockbridge Co.3:19 p.m.Tree down on Glasgow Highway and Bennetts Run Road
2 miles NE of Glasgow, Rockbridge Co.3:14 p.m.Tree down near intersection of River Road and Glasgow Highway
Lynchburg City3:49 p.m.Trees down in the Fairview Heights area
3 miles SW of Falconerville, Amherst Co.3:31 p.m. (approx.)Tree down on a car near B Street causing one fatality
3 miles SW of Tower Hill, Appomattox Co.4:12 p.m.Tree down along Chapel Road
4 miles NNE Hixburg, Appomattox Co.4:24 p.m.Tree down along Holiday Lake Road
3 miles ESE of Amherst, Amherst Co.3:38 p.m.Two large trees down, some limbs down as well

UPDATE 6:45 p.m.: Appalachian Power crews are continuing to restore power to those currently in the dark, due to the severe storms that rolled through the region this afternoon.

As of the latest update, over 27,000 customers across AEP’s grid are without power with the main areas affected still being around the Lynchburg, Bedford and Amherst County regions.

North of our area in Albemarle County, outages have increased as storms have just exited that region.

(Image courtesy of Appalachian Power).

UPDATE 5:00 p.m.: Appalachian Power continues to show several thousand customers are without power, due to severe thunderstorms that moved through the region Tuesday afternoon.

According to AEP, Just over 31,000 customers are without power. The increase comes from new customers that are down outside of our area in the Charlottesville/Albemarle County area.

Crews are continuing to restore power to those customers currently down.

Locations in RED show more than 2,000 customers are without power. Locations in orange have between 500-1,999 customers without power. Locations in green show between 100-499 customers without power. Locations in blue have less than 100 customers without power. (Image courtesy of Appalachian Power).

UPDATE 4:35 p.m.: Roanoke County Fire and Rescue has confirmed that one person was injured when a tree fell on a structure at the 8200 block of Olde Tavern Road.

When units arrived, they found a large tree that had crashed and destroyed a screened-in porch.

They say one person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The residents of the home will not be displaced. The only damage that occurred was to the porch of the home.


UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: Power outage reports appear to have relaxed a bit; however, Appalachian Power is reporting over 28,000 customers on their grid are without power with the largest amount in Lynchburg, Amherst and Bedford Counties where, combined, around 18,000 customers are currently without power.

(Image courtesy of Appalachian Power).

UPDATE 4:10 p.m.: Police in Lynchburg have sent an alert to citizens about numerous hazards around the city including downed trees and power lines.

They advise all intersections where there is no power at traffic lights to be treated as a four-way stop.

UPDATE 4:05 p.m.: Additional power outages are coming in from severe storms which are starting to exit the region.

Several thousand customers are without power around Amherst County as well as into the northwestern section of the City of Lynchburg.

Outages are more sporadic in and around the Roanoke area, according to Appalachian Power.

(Image Courtesy of Appalachian Power).

In the New River Valley, outages are also turning more sporadic as customers who were previously down are starting to get power back online.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: Roanoke Fire-EMS says they are currently responding to multiple trees and power lines that have fallen due to the severe storms that rolled through the region this afternoon.

They advise driving with caution in Roanoke and be aware of fallen trees, limbs and power lines.

WFXR’s Pinpoint Weather Team advises that it you come across a downed power line, treat it as if it is a live line. Do not touch it and do not drive over it.


UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: Appalachian Power’s latest county-by-county outage map shows power outages have mostly affected the I-81 corridor; however, new outages are beginning to pile up in central Virginia.

Bedford and Amherst Counties have reported significant outages of more than 2,000 customers currently in the dark in each of those locations.

(Image courtesy of Appalachian Power).

UPDATE 3:35 p.m.: Power outage reports are starting to come in from the Lynchburg metro area.

Appalachian Power says around 3,000 customers are currently without power in the northwestern sections of Lynchburg and into eastern Bedford County.

(Image courtesy of Appalachian Power).

UPDATE 3:20 p.m.: Additional power outages are being reported by Appalachian Power.

A large outage is being reported in the Thaxton section of Bedford County where around 1,500 customers are currently in the dark.

(Image courtesy of Appalachian Power).

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: The National Weather Service is confirming that some damage has occurred from the severe thunderstorms.

This list below will be updated as additional reports come in:

(WFXR) – With severe storms moving through parts of the region, Appalachian Power is reporting sporadic power outages – the result of damaging winds that have brought trees and power lines down.

Appalachian Power is saying that around 11,000 customers are without power (as of 3:00 p.m.) across their grid.

The bulk of the outages are in rural sections of the New River Valley with sporadic outages along the I-81 corridor.

Additional power outages could be likely as these storms continue moving along and just east of the I-81 corridor.

(Image courtesy of Appalachian Power).

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