Today's weather will be nice with plenty of sunshine, temperatures in the 70's and no threat of bad storms. That was not the case yesterday.
Thousands remain without power [breakdown below] and hundreds continue to clean up today from what ABC 13's Chief Meteorologist Sean Sublette described as "essentially a squall line of severe storms that blew through from west to east" on Thursday.
The strong line of severe thunderstorms brought damaging winds, large hail, and frequent lightning through the area from the New River Valley to Roanoke, Lynchburg, and neighboring counties. It left behind power outages from downed trees that landed on roadways, on cars, and on homes.
The evening commute took longer for many of you who dodged limbs and used detours to weave your way home. Most of the main roads are clear today, but there still problems on some secondary roads. To check the roads in your immediate area, go to 511va.org To report blocked roads, call 1-800-for-road
AEP reported over 104,000 without power last night. They've been working hard to restore power and will be joined today by 600 contract workers.
Here are the Outages as of 9 a.m. Friday:
Roanoke Co 13,591
Franklin Co 7,377
Bedford Co 7,043
Amherst Co 1,619
Be sure to use Caution at the Stop Lights that are not working- the proper procedure is to treat them as four-way stop signs.
If you're without power or know someone who is, Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg and Crossroads Baptist in Roanoke are open to help those without power. Stop by to cool off for awhile, recharge your cell phone, etc.