Storm

10:15 A.M. UPDATE: The National Weather Service has ruled that straight-line winds of 90 mph — also known as a microburst — caused the damage Thursday afternoon in a three-to-four block area of Westover Drive in Danville.

In a statement Friday morning, the weather service said the microburst encompassed parts of Wills Street, Charlotte Avenue, Brook Circle, Shumate Street and Shady.

Trees were snapped or felled as winds of about 80-90 mph roared though. This storm was one of a line that moved through Virginia and North Carolina.

This story will be updated.


ORIGINAL STORY: A powerful Thursday afternoon storm caused damage and power outages in Danville, specifically in the Westover area.

At the height of the impact, the city reported 5,000 Danville Utilities' customers were left in the dark as a line of storms cut a path across the region. The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning at about 3:30 p.m. for Danville and Pittsylvania County.

The storm cells that prompted the warnings contained winds gusts of up to 60 mph. The weather service urged residents to prepare for damage to roofs, siding and trees ahead of the storms.

Those winds snapped trees and brought down power lines. The Danville Fire Department reported some homes were damaged from the storm in the Westover area including Blair Loop Road, Hayes Court, Shumate Street and Shady Lane.

By 7:30 p.m., power had been restored to all but 1,600 customers.

More storms are in the forecast for Friday, potentially bringing heavy rain.

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