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Man heard wind gust, big bang before tree crashed through roof

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Posted at 7:18 PM, Jun 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 19:37:23-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Henrico County was one of the hardest hit areas dealing with the aftermath of the storm Thursday night.

Henrico resident Victor Lynch said, "next thing I knew we had a gust of wind come through. Next thing I heard was a big bang on the house. I looked and I had a big hole in my roof."

Lynch knew something big was happening when he heard the wind and saw his lights flicker.

"That's when pretty much everything just broke loose. It was just that fast," Lynch said.

Many residents were stunned by the power of the storm.

Billee Starr Avington lives in Henrico and said, "I rode out a number 3 hurricane in Florida, and there were never winds like last night. It was really unbelievable."

While many remain without power, some like Lorena Meagher have electricity restored. She told us neighbors still in the dark spent much of the day Friday at her home.

"It's tragic what happened, but we are sticking together being neighbors making sure everybody has electricity if they need anything. I've offered my house to several people already," she said.

Dominion Virginia Power tweeted:

Storm restoration estimates for #RVA area will be available tomorrow morning after damage assessments are complete. Thx for your patience.

Repair crews advise people to treat every downed power line as if it is live to be safe. They also warn it's harder to see such hazards at night, so drivers should slow down.