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Storms Rip through Central VA

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Storms are sweeping through the region Friday night as crews in Fluvanna County are still cleaning up from a powerful storm that hit the town of Columbia earlier this week.

A clear path of destruction in one area left over from some heavy storms earlier this week.

“I think this is about the worst in the last 27 years,” said Fluvanna County resident James Tinsley.

James Tinsley has lived along Route 659 in Fluvanna County for nearly three decades. He says Wednesday night's storm was the most powerful he's ever seen. In fact, he believes it was a tornado.

In Columbia, all was quiet Friday night but neighbors and cleanup crews spent all day clearing debris.

Meanwhile power crews had to replace an electric poll taken out when a 175-year-old tree fell.

Leon Harris was at his grandparents’ house when the storm tore through town, forcing everyone into a bathroom for safety.

“We actually started hearing the sounds of pretty much a freight train,” Harris said.

Harris says between the wind and the debris, he knows what it was.

“I believe it was a tornado. Not a meteorologist or anything but I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure it out when we got snapped trees and all that,” he said.

The National Weather Service hasn't actually confirmed a tornado for the town of Columbia but people NBC29 spoke with say it's the worst storm they've seen since Hurricane Isabel more than a decade ago.

In the Charlottesville area, there were quite a few power outages Friday night. Dominion says more than 4,200 in Albemarle County and more than 4,900 in the city of Charlottesville lost power.

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