Storm causes havoc
By Staff Reports
Jun 14, 2013, 14:47
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO A tree fell onto house on Fairview Ave in Hopewell. Also a branch came through the car port, which damage an RV.
A line of thunderstorms brought high winds and heavy rain to the area Thursday evening, blowing down trees and knocking out power for many.
The National Weather Service website showed winds gusts reached 40 mph around 5:30 p.m. Thursday near Hopewell.
Around 5:30 p.m., six downed trees shut down all lanes of Interstate 95 South in Prince George near mile marker 47.
The Prince George County Government offices were closed Friday because of no power.
Prince George schools were closed Friday due to power outages in six of the school buildings. Elementary and middle school students have completed their school year. Students at the high school and Clements who have to take a sixth-period exam will return to school on Monday, reporting at regular time and leaving at 10 a.m.
Contributed Photo Stop lights were still out at E. City Point Road and Main St. in Hopewell on Friday morning.
J.E.J. Moore Middle School was being used to offer showers and power charging to those without power.
Prince George 911 communications were down and calls are being fielded by the City of Hopewell.
Petersburg schools were also closed Friday.
A 4-year-old boy from Chesterfield was killed at Maymont Park in Richmond when a tree fell on him and his father around 4 p.m. The Richmond Police Department identified the child as Shawn T. Wills, 4. His father suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Many homes across the area were also damaged by falling trees.
Eight hours after the strongest wind gusts, many Dominion Virginia Customer power customers were still without power. At 1:30 a.m. Friday, 1,085 out of 10,470 customers in Hopewell were still without power, 2,296 out of 8,683 in Colonial Heights, 2,133 out of 5882 in Prince George, 8,713 out of 17,556 in Petersburg, and 14,881 out of 136,324 in Chesterfield.
As of 9 a.m. Friday, Prince George Electric Cooperative had 1,045 members without power.
Contributed Photo A tree limb on a truck in the parking lot at Riverside Apartments in Hopewell.
Meanwhile, Route 10 reopened Thursday afternoon at Wards Creek Road after being closed due to damage from flooding last weekend. The bridge suffered damage to the guardrail and pavement after it was overrun by water.