Severe storms cause power outages, bring down trees across Central Va.

Tree crews prep before storms

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Thousands are without power on Halloween night after severe storms moved through Central Virginia.

Storms brought strong wind gusts through the Central Virginia area on Thursday night, which brought down trees and power lines.

According to Dominion Energy’s Website, as of 6:15 a.m., there were more than 1,000 people in the Richmond Metro and Tri-Cities area.

Rappahannock Electic is reporting that about 1,000 of its customers are without power as of 6:15 a.m.

Southside Electric is reporting about 100 members are without power as of 6:15 a.m.

Newbys Court in Chesterfield was shut down for a period of time due to a fallen tree and powerlines.

Newbys Bridge Road was back open a little after 11 p.m.

Of course, severe weather storms can create major headaches, and so tree removal companies prepare to deploy long before the bad weather comes.

“All the trucks will be out, we’ll change up, depending on the severity of the storm," said Billy Davis, owner of Arborscapes.

Davis has been removing trees for over two decades – so he knows a thing or two about dealing with post-storm weather, which utilizes fellow tree workers.

“There’s about 30 employees here, so as far as manpower, we’re capable of handling a pretty large amount. In the event that that storm is so severe, we have relationships with companies outside the affected areas that will come in and also provide additional support, so we can help take care of our clients, and others in need faster,” he said.

But for most storms, Arborscapes give it a little time for the storms to pass.

“We don’t want to put anyone else in danger. What we’ll do is we’ll continue to take the calls so we can make a real accurate decision on how to prioritize as soon as we get the opportunity.”

Ultimately, though, Davis says the main goal for his tree service company is to minimize the number of trees that come down, by “proactively taking care of trees before the threat of a storm even occurs. Doing things like providing regular inspection of the trees, looking for defects in the trees, decay, other structural issues.”

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