Power outages hit the Roanoke Valley on Wednesday evening after storms passed through the region.

More than 1,700 customers of Appalachian Power Co. in Roanoke and another 1,500 in Roanoke County were without power as of 9 p.m., according to the company's online outage map.

More than 500 customers in Franklin County and 300 in Montgomery County were experiencing outages.

Besides an outage in the Windsor Hills area of the city and county affecting 1,200 homes and businesses, much of the outages were sporadic.

Appalachian Power did not have estimated restoration times for many of the outages, indicating online that it was still assessing the outages, which occurred roughly between 5 and 7:30 p.m.

The outages occurred as a storm with strong winds and hail was passing through the region.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg reported that a severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 9 p.m. for several counties south and east of Roanoke, including Bedford and Franklin Counties.

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Henri Gendreau covers crime in Roanoke and the surrounding area.

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