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Michael leaves downed trees, power outages in its wake

Tropical Storm Michael packed a surprising punch to residents of the Middle Peninsula last Thursday night, with no major injuries reported. 

The storm, which initially hit the Florida Panhandle at near-Category 5 strength, spawned at least seven tornadoes as it approached this area, with two being in Gloucester County, according to the National Weather Service. As of Monday morning, over 3,300 Dominion Energy customers in Gloucester and 1,400 in Mathews were still without power.

The storm, which began impacting the area Thursday evening with light rain, began showing its ugly side just after 7 o’clock when a series of tornado warnings were issues for parts of Gloucester and Mathews counties. The first warning was issued after the NWS radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Achilles moving north.

A second warning was issued less than 30 minutes later when NWS radar picked up rotation in a storm located just north of Gloucester ...

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