Update: Thunderstorm Downs Fence and Knocks Out Power in Clarke

5:00 am Update – Thanks to REC crews who worked through the night to restore power. As of 5:00 am power had been retsored to most homes across the region with only three outages remaining in Clarke County.

10:00pm Update – Revisions on the REC Outage Website (http://www.myrec.coop/outage-center/) have been revised upward as of 10:00pm. REC now reports 185 power outages in Clarke County and 3,359 outages across its entire delivery region.  REC is currently reporting over 1,700 members without power in Warren County, Virginia.

9:30 Update – A brief, but strong thunderstorm raced through Clarke County at around 7:00 pm Wednesday evening delivering a small amount of much-needed rain but without the widespread damage of last week’s weather.

According to Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s website, only three Clarke County power users were in the dark as of 9:30 pm, down from 27 immediately after the storm. Power outages are more severe south of the area, with nearly 1,500 outages reported in Madison, Rappahannock and Warren counties.

Wednesday afternoon storm knocked down fencing at the new school site. - Photo courtesy Paula Shipman

The storm unofficially delivered about .25 inches of rain on the Blue Ridge near Mount Weather, not  nearly enough to offset this summer’s dry conditions.

An outdoor burning ban is still in effect throughout the county.

Minor damage from the storm was reported at the new school construction site. Many thanks to CCPS teacher Paula Shipman for providing a photo of the construction site’s downed fence.

Earlier Story

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 715 PM EDT
FOR THE CITY OF WINCHESTER…AND EASTERN ALLEGANY…FREDERICK…
MORGAN…BERKELEY…HAMPSHIRE…JEFFERSON…HARDY…CLARKE…
SHENANDOAH…WARREN…NORTHERN PAGE AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES…

AT 620 PM EDT…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR CONTINUED TO
INDICATE A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HAIL UP
TO THE SIZE OF QUARTERS AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH.
THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 11 MILES EAST
OF CUMBERLAND TO 9 MILES EAST OF ROMNEY TO 9 MILES NORTHWEST OF
MATHIAS…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
MAGNOLIA…
GREEN RIDGE…
YELLOW SPRING…
MCCAULEY…
WHITACRE…
ORKNEY SPRINGS…
ROCK ENON SPRINGS…
JEROME…
OMPS…
STOTLERS CROSSROADS…
STAR TANNERY…
HAYFIELD…
SHENANDOAH CAVERNS…
MAURERTOWN…
FISHERS HILL…
WOODSTOCK…
JONES SPRINGS…
STEPHENSON…
GERRARDSTOWN…
CLEAR BROOK…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THIS LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING DAMAGING
WIND GUSTS. IF YOU ARE IN ITS PATH…PREPARE IMMEDIATELY FOR
DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. SEEK SHELTER INSIDE A STURDY STRUCTURE AND STAY
AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

Comments

  1. Sharon Strickland says:

    We sure had a microburst here on Mosby Boulevard and Early Drive. I came home from McKenzie’s about 8PM to find my flower pots broken on the front porch steps, my flag completely flew out of its post and landed in the flowers, and my ferns on the front porch were down on their sides. The last two microbursts tore off the top of my beautiful Japanese Maple and bent my beautiful front yard trees and shrubs. Maybe, with the construction on the new high school, some of the construction will block the winds that rush down Early Drive. What gives with the “Crazy Winds” here in the valley?