Strong Storm Sends Tree into Home, Power Lines onto Car in Charlottesville
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The cleanup process is now underway after a strong storm takes its toll on central Virginia.
Some people in Albemarle County had quite the scare after a tree brought down power lines onto their car. At least two people were in the car when the tree fell around 6 p.m. Monday night on Carrsbrook Road.
There were no major injuries, but fire and rescue had to temporarily close the road while they removed the tree.
An elderly man is OK after a large tree fell on his home in the Woodbrook neighborhood around 6:30 pm. Fire and rescue say the man was in the home on Eastbrook Drive when the tree fell, but sustained no injuries.
Neighbors say they are glad no one was hurt considering how hard the storm hit the area.
"We wanted to come make sure everyone was OK because this is such a wonderful neighborhood and we're so close to our neighbors and know a lot of them and wanted to make sure they were OK," said neighbor Larkin Muncaster.
There is no word on estimated damages at this time.
The neighborhoods surrounding Greenbrier Elementary School were also hit hard. A large pine tree fell across Greenbrier Drive, completely blocking the road, taking down power lines, and crushing an unoccupied car.
On nearby Brandywine Drive, several large trees toppled, with some crashing into homes. Nobody was hurt, but some of the downed trees caused extensive damage.
Thousands of people are without power in Charlottesville and Albemarle County as a result of the storm. At its height, Dominion reported more than 10,000 homes in the dark. There is no word on when Dominion hopes to have power back on for the remainder of these homes.