Crews working to clean up after Westmoreland County storm damages over 20 homes

WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The American Red Cross is assisting late Friday night after high winds from a storm left 25 homes damaged in Westmoreland County.

The National Weather Service out of Wakefield, Virginia is reporting that the majority of the damage was caused by straight-line winds.

Local officials said that of the 25 homes that were damaged, one was completely destroyed, displacing that family.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the storm.

“Our team is working to provide food to first responders and are mobilizing to support any shelter needs in the areas impacted by severe storms on Friday evening,” said Red Cross of Virginia Communications Director, Jonathan McNamara. “Over the coming hours, we will continue to work with our partners in emergency management to determine the full scope of damage and identify how we can help the community.”

The fire chief said that they have assessed about 30 percent of the damage and so far it is estimated to be about $1 million.

Viewers Casey Jason Flores and Ramona Trent Archie provided images of storm damage:

The Northern Neck Electric Cooperative which operates in King George and upper Westmoreland Counties said that over 2,000 co-op members lost power during the storm. In a press release, NNEC said that linemen are out working to restore power this morning and that they are being assisted by crews from Rappahannock Electric Co-op, Central Virginia Electric Co-op, Mecklenburg Electric Co-op and right-of-way contractors.

As of 8:30 a.m., 564 members remained without power. The release said the majority of the outages were along the Route 301 corridor.

The release said that the restoration work has been difficult considering the damage to lines caused by trees and broken electric poles. Despite this, the co-op is working to restore power by late Sunday afternoon.

The co-op asked that residents make preparations if you or someone in the household has special needs through Sunday afternoon.

They also cautioned that if you use a generator, make sure it is connected according to local safety codes and that it cannot back feed into the power lines.

Stay away from any downed power line, tree on the line or anything touching a line. Notify NNEC of any downed power lines, trees on the line, or a power outage by calling 1-866-NNEC OUT (866-663-2688).

8News reporter Nakell Williams went to the scene to speak with residents impacted by the storm. Watch 8News at 6 p.m. for the full story.

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