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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.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Many are still without power and several roads are closed in Roanoke County due to the brief but turbulent storm that hit the Roanoke area Tuesday evening.
Just over 1,000 Appalachian Power customers are still without power this morning in the Roanoke and Botetourt County areas. As of 11:15 a.m., 769 customers were reporting no power in Roanoke County and 357 in Botetourt County, according to APCO's outage map.
Due to low-hanging power lines and downed trees in Roanoke County, Hollins Road is closed from Carlos Drive to Beaumont Road, and Florist Road is closed from Williamson Road to Verndale Drive. As of 5 a.m., there is no estimated time when the roads will reopen, according to Roanoke County police.
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.
Several intersections in northern Roanoke County 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.
Roanoke Times staff writers Tiffany Holland and Katherine Borgerding contributed to this report
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