Strong storms leave 150,000 without power in metro Richmond

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Severe thunderstorms ripped through Virginia Friday evening, leaving more than 155,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers in the Richmond/Tri Cities without electricity.

Winds of 60 to 80 mph caused trees and power lines to fall throughout the area.

More than 130,000 Dominion customers in the Shenandoah Valley/Western Piedmont area also lost power. Rappahannock Electric reported over 23,000 outages.

The storm also knocked out power to over 1 million in Washington, D.C.

At least one death has already been reported after the storm. The National Weather Service reported a tree fell on a car in Springfield, VA, killing one person inside.

Less than a week ago, severe storms caused damage and knocked out power to over 150,000 Dominion customers.

Crews will be facing dangerously hot conditions while cleaning up in the next few days — expected to be near 105 degrees on Saturday.

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NBC12 will continue to provide updates as crews work to restore power and damage clean-up begins. Look for the very latest, Saturday morning on NBC12 News Today.

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