High winds down trees, knock out power

Posted at 2:37 AM, Apr 03, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. -- High winds are downed trees and knocked out power for thousands across Central Virginia early Sunday morning.

Meteorologist Mike Goldberg reported a cold front moving through the region is causing high winds. In fact, a few gusts of 50-60 mph had already been reported over northern and western Virginia as of midnight.

Occasional strong gusts over 30 mph are possible in the metro during the wee hours of the morning.  A Wind Advisory is in effect for eastern, northern and western Virginia. Wind speeds will gradually decrease during the day Sunday.

As of 2 a.m., Dominion Virginia Power reported just over 9,000 customers were without power. Here's the breakdown:

  • Chesterfield -- 1,831
  • Goochland -- 3,441
  • Hanover -- 1,268
  • Henrico -- 2,179
  • New Kent -- 3
  • Powhatan -- 40
  • Richmond City -- 251

However, as of 2 p.m. that number had dropped to around 700 customers.

  • Charles City -- 34
    Chesterfield -- 22
    Goochland -- 232
    Hanover -- 128
    Henrico -- 126
    Powhatan -- 11
    Richmond City -- 147

By late Sunday, power had been restored to nearly all customers.

Trish Kildoo in Hanover said she lost a portion of her home's roof because of the winds.

Danielle Jones in the West End said her power went out and then came back on a few times before the lights went out again.

"We could see what we guess was a generator blowing, blue lights off in the distance," she wrote.

Romario Neto said he heard what sounded like a transformer blowing near Skipwith in Henrico County.

Suzanne Wassel said a tree fell on transformer in Ladysmith in Caroline County.

And Ashley Ray reported that a tree was down along Route on 17 south in Middlesex County.

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