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Storm leaves thousands without power

“Six-and-a-half feet wide,” claims Charles Linton, as he describes the diameter of a 100-year-old (estimated) pecan tree that fell in the front yard of his home at Woodpecker Farm off Paige Road in Caroline County, Va. That tree, along with three dozen more on his property, were toppled by strong winds and rain on Thursday afternoon. (June 13, 2013) (ROBERT A. MARTIN / THE FREE LANCE-STAR)

Crews are working to restore power to thousands who were in the dark after today’s storm.   Here are the reported outages by locality:

(updated 10:27 p.m.)

Caroline County:  3

Fredericksburg:  13

King George: 100

Louisa County:  0

Orange County: 0

Spotsylvania County:  11

Stafford County: 160

Bowling Green: 0

Westmoreland: 114



3:57 p.m. update on reported damage:


King Geoge is getting reports of trees down and on power lines but “nothing more than a normal storm,” said Steve Lynd, deputy emergency management coordinator for King George Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services.
Caroline is getting reports of trees down on many roads, but no reports of damage, said Maj. Scott Moser with the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office. He said a tree fell on a car on Main Street in Bowling Green, but did not cause a lot of damage.
Stafford’s emergency departments didn’t see any increase in call volume during or after the storm, assistant fire chief Mark Doyle said. “So far we’ve been good,” he said. He said there were no problems.
There have been no reports of damage in the city of Fredericksburg, according to city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe.


There have been no reports of serious damage in Spotsylvania.

Two funnel clouds were reported in Spotsylvania, according to the Sterling office of the National Weather Service. One was reported three miles west southwest of Fredericksburg  at 2:34 p.m. and one was reported at 2:47 p.m. four miles north northwest of Massaponax.

Spotsylvania County fire crews responded to an attic fire at a vacant home on 8805 Jefferson Davis Highway at the height of this afternoon’s storm, Deputy Fire Chief Scott Hechler said.

The fire is under control, he said.

A person who reported the blaze said it was caused by a lightning strike, but emergency responders could not immediately confirm that.

Hechler also said a tree fell on a home in the eastern part of the county, but nobody was injured.

The county mostly received reports of downed trees and powerlines and car accidents, he said.


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