Roanokers Still Cleaning Up From Severe Weather
Roanoke, VA - Tuesday night's severe weather left scattered damage and power outages, mainly in sections of Botetourt and Roanoke County. The storm had serious lightning and hail.
The storm, which from a distance looked quite ominous as it came through, was doing damage on the ground.
Wind gusts topped 71 miles an hour, within a few miles an hour of hurricane force.
In all, about 5,500 Appalachian Power customers from Roanoke to Lynchburg lost power.
As of Wednesday evening, around 800 are still in the dark.
The outages were caused in large part by trees that came down.
One tree is responsible for most of the remaining issues in the Hollins area.
Several roads, including Hollins Road, were also closed because of washouts, downed trees, and low hanging wires.
It's been a busy summer for those dealing with all of the severe weather damage, including insurance adjusters, many of whom are already working 70-hour weeks.
"Very busy, very busy. With the recent storms starting with the derecho than the Fourth of July... weather has really hurt our policy holders," said Insurance Adjuster Doug Hiller.
More storms are possible Wednesday night. One actually moved through the Lynchburg area just after 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Stay with the ABC 13 Weather Experts for the latest on the forecast.