The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Storm leaves thousands without power
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
King George: 100
Louisa County: 0
Orange County: 0
Spotsylvania County: 11
Stafford County: 160
Bowling Green: 0
3:57 p.m. update on reported damage:
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.