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Crews work to restore power in Central Virginia

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

In Richmond, downed trees took out power lines that blocked cars on Chamberlayne Avenue for hours. At the height of the storm, more than 20,000 people in the metro area were without power.

To the Blantons, the tree in their front yard is almost like a member of their family. They planted it in their front yard when they first moved into their home almost 15 years ago.

When Thursday night's strong storms moved through the area, that tree came tumbling down, leaving the Blantons with shattered memories and no power.

"It only lasted like three minutes, so it wasn't that bad. I was more concerned with water coming in," Rebecca Blanton said.

That water came in through a window. Rebecca Blanton says she had to use a towel to help keep it out of her home. The tree was popped into two pieces - one falling toward the house knocking the lamp off of its post, the other falling towards the road barely missing the neighbor's mailbox.

"My daughter's car was right there, and she had just left. We are glad that she had pulled off before it fell." Blanton said.

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