Deadly storms topple trees, knock out power to tens of thousands

Severe storms rip through Central Virginia

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two people are dead and tens of thousands of people lost their power early Monday morning as severe storms ripped through Central Virginia.

The storms sparked severe thunderstorm warnings and even tornado warnings in parts of Central Virginia overnight.

Two woman were killed in separate incidents in Stafford and Victoria when trees fell onto their homes.

Dominion Energy continues to work on restoring power throughout Central Virginia, with some of the hardest hit areas being Midlothian and West Broad Street in Henrico. Outages can be monitored on the company’s website, HERE.

“We can safely say that anyone that has been impacted by power outages caused from the storm should have their power restored by [Tuesday],” Dominion Energy spokesperson Jeremy Slayton said.

Crews still working to restore power

Storm damage in Chesterfield

Falling tree barley misses sleeping couple

A tree fell onto a home on Sika Lane, causing major damage. The family inside made it out safely.

Franklin Boyce and his girlfriend were sleeping just inches from where a tree fell.

“I’m just laying there and then all of a sudden I heard the boom and I looked out the window and I saw this big lightning,” Boyce said. "The whole place was lit up, it looked like the room was lit up.”

The couple, Franklin’s mom, as well as their dog and two cats all made it out safely. Their hedgehog was rescued by fire crews.

“The firefighter even said ‘I don’t know how your head wasn’t bashed in or anything. This is nuts that you guys were okay,’” Boyce said. “ I’m shocked to be alive, honestly. I’m like God, thank God."

A tree fell onto a home off Hull Street Road early Monday as storms rolled through the area. (Source: NBC12)
A tree fell onto a home off Hull Street Road early Monday as storms rolled through the area. (Source: NBC12)

At one time, more than 77,000 Dominion Energy customers were without power, including more than 18,000 in Chesterfield.

Storm damage in Richmond

Neighbors in south Richmond are saying “I told you so” after a tree they’ve complained about for a while, finally came tumbling down during last night’s storms.

“The trees are beautiful, but they’re house-killers,” said Jay Thornton.

Norton has lived in this neighborhood for 40 years and says neighbors have called the city for months with hopes of cutting the corner tree down at 34th and Beattie streets.

“They never did,” he said.

A tree was down across power lines on 34th Street in Richmond early Monday. (Source: NBC12)
A tree was down across power lines on 34th Street in Richmond early Monday. (Source: NBC12)

Instead, neighbors say the city cut down a different tree, several feet away.

Limbs have fallen onto a nearby home’s roof and chain-link fence in the past.

Richmond’s Department of Public works says the tree was next on their list.

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