Severe storms knock out power for thousands throughout Valley

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — UPDATE (5:05 p.m. July 21):

Power has been restored to much of the Shenandoah Valley after a severe storm caused thousands of outages on Friday afternoon.

In Augusta County, 359 customers remain with power through Dominion Energy, in addition to 253 in Rockingham County and 223 in Shenandoah County, but only 11 remain without in Staunton, after over a thousand earlier.

These outages are in the Stuarts Draft area, Grottoes, Timberville, and a number near Edinburg and Woodstock.

Through the Shenandoah Valley Electric Co-op, 53 are without power near Fishersville, 27 near Cootes Store, 7 west of Quicksburg, and 4 in Newport.

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As severe storms thunder over the mountains from the west into the Shenandoah Valley, thousands are without power in the Staunton area.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for southern Shenandoah County, central Rockingham County, Page County, northeastern Augusta County, Harrisonburg, and south central Hardy County in West Virginia.

WHSV's First Alert Storm Team says these storms could bring winds in excess of 60 miles per hour with heavy rainfall and possible hail.

Damaging winds will cause some trees and large branches to fall. This could injure those outdoors, as well as damage homes and vehicles. Roadways may become blocked by downed trees.

Dominion:

As of 3:40 p.m., Dominion Energy reports 1,195 customers without power in Augusta County and 1,374 in Staunton, as well as 217 in Rockingham County.

The biggest outage seems to be centralized near Route 262 just south of Staunton, leading to 802 outages in Augusta County and 1,321 in the City of Staunton, covering much of the downtown portion of Staunton.

That area is expected to have power restored by Dominion between 4 and 9 p.m.

Another outage near the Frontier Culture Museum is localized to 45 customers, who should have power restored between 6 and 11 p.m., according to Dominion. Another 53 are without power near the Betsy Bell Wilderness Park, with an estimated restoration also between 6 and 11 p.m.

In addition, 339 are without power just north of Stuarts Draft. Power restoration is estimated by Dominion to be between 5 and 10 p.m.

Farther north, 222 customers lost power in the Grottoes area. There, Dominion expects a slightly quicker restoration, at some point between 5 and 10 p.m.

Shenandoah Valley Electric Co-op:

Between Fishersville and Waynesboro, 53 customers have lost power. Crews with SVEC are on their way and estimate restoration by a little after 6 p.m.

West of Timberville, 27 customers have lost power, and north of New Market, another seven are without electricity as well. Crews have been dispatched to both sites and estimate recovery of power by 6:30 p.m.

Some outages, including lights along Burgess Road, have been claimed in Harrisonburg, but not yet confirmed by the Harrisonburg Electric Commission.

Get indoors to protect yourself from wind and lightning. Trees around you may be downed from damaging winds, so if you are near large trees, move to an interior room on the lowest floor. Don`t drive underneath trees or in wooded areas until the threat has passed.

If you face flooding, turn around — don't drown. You can stay with WHSV and check our interactive radar to track the latest movements of this storm.