Frederick County Emergency Authorities respond to storm

Used by permission Frederick County Virginia Government

Frederick County Emergency Services respond to what is being called a microburst storm.

At least 25 power poles were broken and as many power lines were toppled by what is being referred to as a microburst storm that struck portions of Frederick County Aug. 30.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reports that their crews and additional crews from surrounding regions had all but 20 customers’  power restored by 7 a.m. this morning Aug. 31.

At the peak of the damage as many as 4,000 electric customers were without power and Greenwood Road was closed to traffic.

Full recovery might still take time as a single pole’s repair  can take several hours.

Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Rescue, Virginia Department of Transportation and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative worked into the overnight to secure the scene.

Greenwood Fire Station was offered as temporary shelter but no one took advantage of the offer.

Those living along Greenwood Road were being assisted home by Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies as the road remained closed due to poles laying across the road.

As always consider any downed wires as live and active and you should stay at least 10 feet  away from them.

Always report any downed poles and wires to your power provider or call 911.

The national weather service has yet to call the storm a microburst or mini tornado but did report winds of better than 30 miles per hour ahead of the first call for service just past 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon.

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