Wind storm knocks out power throughout region

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Jun 19, 2013 - 01:57 PM

Photo: A strong storm blew through the Middle Peninsula last Thursday night, with the high winds downing trees and causing other damage. One of the more unusual incidents was reported by Joy Klein, a resident of Hickory Fork Road in Gloucester. One of the silos on her property blew off its foundation and landed standing straight up about 40 feet away. Photo by Charlie Koenig

A strong storm blew through the Middle Peninsula last Thursday night, with the high winds downing trees and causing other damage. One of the more unusual incidents was reported by Joy Klein, a resident of Hickory Fork Road in Gloucester. One of the silos on her property blew off its foundation and landed standing straight up about 40 feet away. Photo by Charlie Koenig

Winds gusting over 60 mph and heavy rain combined to bring down many trees and power lines throughout the region last Thursday night.

Dominion Power spokesman Bonita Harris said Monday that 9,992 customers served by the utility’s Gloucester office—25 percent of the total customers—lost power for varying lengths of time, most having electricity restored by Saturday night. Statewide, Dominion reported 294,000 customers lost power related to the storm, with York County especially hard hit.

Some businesses throughout the area had to close for varying amounts of time over the weekend. Several clerks at 7-Eleven stores in Gloucester said they temporarily lost their computer service.

Many roads were blocked by toppling trees, said Kelly Hannon, a spokesman for the Virginia Department of Transportation. In Mathews, a major problem was downed trees felling power lines on Ridge Road, Hannon said, but most roads in Mathews were cleared by Thursday night. In Gloucester, Lillaston Lane at Hayes was not cleared of downed trees and power lines until Friday, Hannon said.

Traffic was tied up at the George P. Coleman Memorial Bridge early Thursday night. A traffic accident atop the span shortly before the storm struck caused delays to northbound traffic. The high winds toppled a tree on Route 17 at Yorktown, which blocked all southbound traffic for more than one hour.

Sgt. Michelle Anaya of the Virginia State Police said Tuesday no major traffic accidents were reported in connection with the storm.