Harrisonburg Experiences Widespread Power Outage

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- Electrical crews were out on Crawford Avenue during the afternoon cutting the tree limbs back, and trying to restore power.

But the outage has left families without power for hours, and many restaurants in the dark. Neighbors gathered to watch as crews tried to bring power back for the people of Harrisonburg.

Pedro Rios, who lives downtown, was in his home when he heard a loud bang.

"It was kind of smokey, and it smelt like a cookout was going on around here," said Rios.

Not only worried families, but officers too, lost power around the city. Many Valley neighbors lost connection to some of their phone lines.

Many families worried about not being able to get help, and rescue crews were stationed at major intersections throughout the city in case of any emergencies.

Local restaurants downtown also saw an impact as hungry customers left their restaurants, and tried to find dinner elsewhere.

"We can't eat downtown so we will have to search for someplace else to eat, or just go home," said Rodger Jackman, who was in a restaurant downtown.

Jackman says it's been frustrating having to search for an open restaurant. He hopes crews will be able to restore power soon. Many neighbors who have lived in the city for years say it's not normal to lose power.

Officers warned people to be careful driving through intersections with traffic lights, because some intersections still do not have functioning lights.

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