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Initial Severe Weather Situation Report for May 10, 2018

Post Date:05/10/2018 5:29 PM

The City of Charlottesville was impacted by a significant storm moving rapidly from west to east through the area around 2 p.m. The storm brought heavy rain, lightning, high winds, with gusts up to 60 MPH, and reports of hail. 

The neighborhoods receiving the greatest impact from the storm appear to be in the area of Jefferson Park Avenue/Fry’s Spring and Johnson Village. Belmont and Hogwaller were also impacted, but to a lesser degree.

The Dominion Power Outage Map indicates approximately 2,800 city residents without power as of 5 p.m.

The Fire Department has responded to 13 storm-related incidents including several transformer fires, lines down, water hazards, including 5 incidents involving trees into private dwellings. There have been no reported storm-related injuries. Two families have been displaced. Neither will require shelter support or Red Cross assistance at this time. 

Charlottesville Police are assisting with traffic at several of the above locations and have reported high water in the 500 block of Cherry Avenue. Vehicles are able to pass safely. CPD has also responded to a number of reports of trees on vehicles. 

The Department of Public Works Emergency Operations Center has been opened. DPW is currently working on clearing the following incidents in the public right-of-way:

  • 1400 Block of Grace Street – tree down and blocking travel
  • Meade Avenue – debris prevalent
  • At Monticello & Tufton Street – tree down and blocking travel
  • 900 Block of Monticello Ave – tree down and blocking travel
  • 5th Street Southbound – tree down and blocking travel, powerlines down
  • 1636 Center Ave – Tree down

Stay at least 30 feet away from all downed power lines. Always consider them energized and dangerous, even if you do not see sparks or hear the lines snapping. Call Dominion Energy at 1-866-366-4357 (1-866-DOM-HELP) to report downed lines. Also, always assume any downed lines pose an imminent threat to life and property. Please call 911 immediately.

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