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Downed tree knocks out power to hundreds in Dinwiddie

Posted at 11:04 AM, Jul 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-17 18:56:03-04

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- More than 640 people were without power in Dinwiddie County after a tree fell on a power line Sunday morning.

Dominion Power spokesperson Jan Bennett told WTVR CBS 6 the tree broke several cross arms on a power pole and took down several lines, causing the outage.

"It's a miserable feeling when you lose power," said Vincent Winfield, who was impacted by the outage.

Winfield spent the day trying to stay cool on this scorching Sunday.

"Sit on a cool chair that don't have no padding. Drink water, tea and lemonade," he said.

"Drink plenty of water and stay in the shade," said resident Audrey Stewart.

"Stay inside and in the shade, it's about all you can do," said Nancy Tyler.

Bennett with Dominion says it happened at 8:15 Sunday morning.

"I had just woke up and starting cooking my Sunday dinner and boom the power goes out right when I'm starting to cool my dinner," said Winfield.

A tree fell, knocking down several power lines and a couple of cross arms.

"It disrupts my whole day," said Stewart.

Dominion crews and tree removal contractors spent hours working to remove the tree and replace the cross arms. The tree was hard to reach--in a wooded area off 460. Dominion officials couldn't say exactly what caused that tree to fall, but they say it's quite common---trees fall every day.