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Winds of 61 miles per hour were recorded at Roanoke Regional Airport , the third severe-level gust recorded in five weeks.
TIFFANY HOLLAND | The Roanoke Times
Trees knocked out power lines on Florist Road in Roanoke on Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
UPDATE July 17: Power outages, road closures in Roanoke County
A brief but turbulent storm hit the Roanoke area Tuesday evening.
According to Appala chian Power Co.’s website, at 7 p.m. some 2,500 customers in Roanoke County reported they didn’t have power , and more than 1,200 were without power in Botetourt County. Franklin County had close to 250 customers reporting outages. Roanoke had about 460 reported outages during the evening.
By 11 p.m. power had been restored to some customers, but thousands reported they were in the dark.
Winds of 61 miles per hour were recorded at Roanoke Regional Airport , the third severe-level gust recorded in five weeks. Winds of 68 mph were recorded on June 13 and 71 mph on June 26.
In Roanoke, Florist Road off Williamson Road was closed after several trees fell. Parts of Hollins Road were closed as well from power lines, flooding and debris.
Several intersections in northern Roanoke County also had streetlights down. Multiple reports came from parts of Roanoke County and Botetourt County of trees falling on houses and streets because of high winds.
In Roanoke, 1.15 inches of rain fell in a hour at Roanoke Regional Airport, adding to what has been the wettest July on record so far.
So far, rain totals for July are 11.99 inches, the fifth-rainiest month at any time of year since 1912.
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