Thunderstorms bring scattered power outages, downed trees to Williamsburg

Staff writer

Musician Sophie Alfaro was about to move with her trusty Jeep Grand Cherokee to North Carolina. Then Monday morning's storm changed those plans.

There was a low rumble and bolts of lightning fell so quickly it seemed like it was daylight. Then a massive tree split at the base and fell, the 20-year-old James City County resident said.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee her grandfather bought her four years ago and some of her possessions were crushed, Alfaro said. The tree blocked the road and smashed an older Dodge Caravan before coming to rest on the neighbor’s house.

The aspiring musician had intended to move to Charlotte, North Carolina to foster her career on Tuesday, but now she’s stuck on Wickre Street in James City.

Throughout James City County, three homes were damaged by falling trees from the wind, according to county spokeswoman Renee Dallman.

On Pocahontas Trail outside Old City Barbecue, low powerlines have blocked traffic in both directions since 4 a.m., according to Williamsburg Fire Department Deputy Chief Larry Snyder. The road reopened to traffic between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Monday.

At 4 a.m., 5,000 Dominion Energy Virginia customers were without power in Williamsburg and James City County, according to the company’s outage map.

Snyder said Dominion was trying to get power restored for 1,100 residents in the city. Dominion’s outage map does not provide an estimated time for power restoration.

In James City County, about 2,000 customers are still without power, according to the map. The map does not provide an estimated time for power restoration.

Throughout the night, the National Weather Service at Wakefield issued three tornado warnings for the area, Dallman said.

Data from William and Mary’s Keck Environmental Lab indicates the storm brought about an inch and a quarter of rain. Sustained winds were as high as 31 miles per hour at the lab.

To report or check on a power outage, go to www.dominionenergy.com/outage-center/report-and-check-outages

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