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6 days ago

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Whew, that was too close for comfort! We are still under a watch until at least 11pm so we are not out of the woods yet.Tornado warnings & watches being issued for much of #Virginia right now. #BeAlert #StaySafe #BePrepared before it's too late...

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7 days ago

Tunstall Fire & Rescue

UPDATE AT NOON MONDAY: Here is the latest situation report:
• A local state of emergency remains in place for the city of Danville. A declaration of a local state of emergency means that we can request additional resources without going through the typical steps. In addition, Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency to assist local and state agencies in responding to damages from Sunday night's storm.
• Westover Drive remains closed to through traffic. All lanes are closed between Woodlawn Court and Hayes Court. Motorists are urged to use alternate routes. Local traffic should take caution. Motorists should not drive near fallen trees and power lines. Public Works crews have installed barriers. Motorists should not remove these barriers or attempt to drive around these barriers.
• The Fire Department and Danville Life Saving Crew will go door-to-door this afternoon in the Westover neighborhood to check on the well-being of residents.
• The Westover substation remains out of service. The substation serves approximately 4,000 customers, including those in the areas of Westover Drive, Riverside Drive from Piedmont Drive to Berry Hill Road, and Mount Cross from Mill Creek Road to Stony Mill Road. Multiple crews are working to remove fallen trees and repair lines necessary to allow the substation to be re-energized. Due to the extensive damage, power service may not be restored until Tuesday.
• In addition to the Westover substation, we have scattered outages across our service territory. The outages are the result of tree damage.
• Four contract crews and two mutual aid crews are assisting Danville Utilities in restoring power. All six of the crews are on site and working in the city and county.
• Danville Utilities tree and line crews and the contract and mutual aid crews will work a 16-hour shift today to restore power service. For their safety and well-being, crews are not allowed to work more than 16 hours in a 24-hour period.
• Citizens should be prepared to be without power overnight and into Tuesday. Citizens in need of shelter should call the City of Danville non-emergency number, which is 434-799-5111. Arrangements for shelter will be made.
• The Westover Branch Library is closed today due to the power outage in the Westover area.
• Household trash collection is taking place as scheduled today; however, debris and yard waste collection may be delayed because equipment is being diverted to the Westover cleanup effort.

Reminders:
• Please only call 911 if you have an emergency.
• Assume all downed power lines are live; keep a safe distance and contact Danville Utilities.
• Be aware that traffic lights may not be functional; stop at all intersections using the same traffic rules that you would at a stop sign.

UPDATE AT 9 A.M. MONDAY: Here is the latest situation report:
• The Westover substation had all feeder circuits damaged by trees and cracked poles from the storm. The substation serves approximately 4,000 customers. The areas affected include Westover Drive, Riverside Drive from Piedmont Drive to Berry Hill Road, and Mount Cross from Mill Creek Road to Stony Mill Road.
• In addition to the Westover substation, we have scattered outages across our service territory. The outages are the result of tree damage.
• Contract crews are assisting Danville Utilities in restoring power. Additional contract crews will arrive later this morning.
• Danville Police responded overnight to 20 calls for service related to the storm. Fourteen of the calls were reports of downed power lines and trees. Two calls were reports of traffic hazards and one call was a report of property damage. One motor vehicle crash was reported.
• The Westover Branch Library will be closed today due to the power outage in the Westover area.
• The Virginia Department of Emergency Management reports the storm, which resulted in multiple tornado and flash flood warnings, passed through the Commonwealth on Sunday, resulting in damage structures, downed trees, and power outages. In additional to Danville and Pittsylvania County, damage was reported in Lynchburg and Amherst, Albemarle, Bedford and Craig counties.

UPDATE AT 8 A.M. MONDAY: Public Works crews are working this morning to remove fallen trees and debris on Westover Drive. Westover Drive remains closed to through traffic this morning. All lanes are closed between Woodlawn Court and Hayes Court. Westbound traffic is being redirected onto Ingram Road to Riverside Drive. Eastbound traffic should consider detouring at Cambridge Drive to Riverside Drive.

Household trash collection will take place as scheduled today; however, debris and yard waste collection may be delayed because equipment is being diverted this morning to the Westover cleanup effort.

UPDATE AT 10:30 P.M. SUNDAY: Westover Drive between Westmoreland Court and Hayes Court will remain closed overnight to through traffic. Police are redirecting westbound traffic onto Ingram Road to Riverside Drive. Eastbound traffic should consider detouring at Cambridge Drive to Riverside Drive. Travel on James Road between Westover Drive and Riverside Drive also is not advised because of trees against power lines. Citizens are advised against attempting to remove downed trees, especially if wires are in the trees.

UPDATE AT 9:15 P.M. SUNDAY: We continue to receive reports of power outages. The latest reports of outages are scattered in Danville and Pittsylvania County. We are estimating that 3,000 to 4,000 customers are without power. These numbers include the initial reports of feeder circuits out of service in the Westover and Brosville areas. We will have contract crews arriving on Monday to assist in power restoration. However, due to the extent of the storm damage, we cannot estimate the time needed for restoration of power. Citizens should be prepared to be without power into Monday and Tuesday.

UPDATE AT 8:30 P.M. SUNDAY: Riverside Drive in the 5000 block, which is the area at Reuben’s restaurant, is now open to traffic.

UPDATE AT 8 P.M. SUNDAY: Here is the latest information that we have:
• City Manager Ken Larking has declared a local state of emergency. A declaration of a local state of emergency means that we can request additional resources without going through the typical steps.
• Westover Drive remains blocked at Woodlawn Avenue.
• Riverside Drive remains blocked in the 5000 block.
• Due to the extent of the storm damage, we cannot estimate the time needed for restoration of power. Citizens should be prepared to be without power into Monday and Tuesday. At this time, two feeders circuits are without power. One feeder serves 843 customers in the Westover area. The second feeder serves 710 customers in the Brosville areas. We also are receiving reports of scattered outages in Danville and Pittsylvania County.
• Citizens in need of shelter should call the City of Danville non-emergency number – 799-5111. Arrangements for shelter will be made.
• Citizens tonight are being asked to stay in their homes unless they have an emergency due to the risk of being exposed to live wires.

POSTED AT 7 P.M. SUNDAY: Due to the extent of storm damage, electric customers should be prepared for extended outages. We are receiving reports of extensive storm damage in the Westover Drive area. Westover Drive is closed to through traffic at this time. Trees and power lines are down in this area. We also are receiving reports of heavy storm damage and power outages in portions of U.S. 58 West from VFW Drive to Beech Avenue, and the Brosville and Dry Fork areas. Scattered outages are being reported in the city and other areas of Pittsylvania County.
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The National Weather Service In Blacksburg Has Issued A
* Tornado Warning For...
The City Of Danville In South Central Virginia...
Pittsylvania County In South Central Virginia...
* Until 630 Pm Edt
* At 545 Pm Edt, A Severe Thunderstorm Capable Of Producing A Tornado Was Located Over Ruffin, Moving Northeast At 50 Mph.
Hazard...Tornado And Quarter Size Hail. This Storm Has A History Of Producing A Tornado In Guliford County, North Carolina.
Source...Radar Indicated Rotation.
Impact...Flying Debris Will Be Dangerous To Those Caught Without Shelter. Mobile Homes Will Be Damaged Or Destroyed.
Damage To Roofs, Windows, And Vehicles Will Occur. Tree Damage Is Likely.
* Locations Impacted Include...
Danville...
Chatham...
Blairs...
Callands...
And Mt Airy.
This Includes The Following Location Danville Airport.
Tornado...Radar Indicated Hail...1.00in
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TORNADO WATCH 53 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM EDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

VIRGINIA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE
AMHERST APPOMATTOX BEDFORD
BOTETOURT BUCKINGHAM CAMPBELL
CHARLOTTE CRAIG FRANKLIN
HALIFAX HENRY MONTGOMERY
PATRICK PITTSYLVANIA PULASKI
ROANOKE ROCKBRIDGE WYTHE
VIRGINIA INDEPENDENT CITIES INCLUDED ARE
BUENA VISTA DANVILLE LEXINGTON
LYNCHBURG MARTINSVILLE RADFORD
ROANOKE SALEM
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1 week ago

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Weather Alert
Special Weather Statement issued April 13 at 5:21AM EDT by NWS Blacksburg

...Increased Fire Danger This Afternoon... Dry weather will persist today with breezy conditions this afternoon. These breezy dry conditions will result in the potential for hard to contain brush fires. With temperatures forecast in the 70s to near 80, the humidity will drop to between 25 and 35 percent. Southwest winds of 8 to 14 mph, and gusts of 15 to 25 mph, will be common this afternoon. Under these conditions, extra caution is advised when handling any potential fire ignition source. Be sure to properly discard all smoking materials. Any dry grass or tree litter that ignites will have the potential to spread quickly.
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2 weeks ago

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