RICHMOND, Va. —
More than 170,000 homes and businesses were without power in Virginia after a storm packing strong winds swept through the state.
Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Laura Southard said the storm toppled power lines and trees, but no injuries had been reported by late Thursday afternoon. She said the Roanoke and Lynchburg areas were hit hard, and the storm was pummeling the Richmond area as well.
National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Sammler in Wakefield said Richmond International Airport reported a wind gust of 48 mph, and it was likely some areas saw gusts of up to 60 mph. Rainfall across the area was generally less than a half-inch.
More than 104,000 Appalachian Power customers in Virginia were without electricity, while Dominion Virginia Power reported about 69,000 customers without service.