NBC12 cameras capture severe weather storm through area

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Thursday, it was a fitting name for one street in Eastern Henrico -Beech Avenue.  It's where we found William Wilson stranded at home.

"This is probably from about an hour and half ago," explained Wilson around 4:45 p.m. "It came that quick and built up. I guess this was the lowest point."

His tennis shoes kept him on the other side of the water. As we interviewed him, we stood on the other side. He told us vehicles drove through the mega puddle. Waves gushed up his sidewalk.

Before 5 p.m., that part of Highland Springs looked less like a road and more like a lake. We walked through William Wilson's driveway. The water had no where to go. It went well above my ankles.

An hour later, rain quickly hit the ground before the wind carried it away. The storm was so powerful, we took cover under a gas station awning in Richmond.

Thunder moved in, and as our camera adjusted, lightening lit up the dark sky. We saw one bicyclist brave the weather. Drivers along Semmes Avenue watched the rain that looked like vapor travel horizontally because of wind gusts.

During the worst part, even a roof over our head wasn't enough. Rain blew in every direction.

Water built up along the curb of several streets throughout Central Virginia. Police responded to high-water areas.  But we heard of no rescues or destruction.

We did learn of damage to a UPS plane at Richmond International Airport. A spokesman for UPS said 70-mile per hour winds slammed ramp equipment into the now wrecked plane. UPS is diverting a plane to Richmond Thursday night so packages arrive on time.

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