Storm downs trees, power lines

Published 9:40 pm Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday’s storm caused downed trees and downed power lines throughout the city, city spokeswoman Diana Klink said.

Trees fell in the 300 block of Goodman Street, the 500 block of Darden Avenue, the 600 block of Hollywood Avenue, the 800 block of Wilroy Road, and at the intersection of West Riverview and Butler Avenue, Klink said.

A tree fell on power lines near the intersection of Western and Dumville avenues in the Riverview neighborhood, causing the tree limb to catch fire. In addition, Suffolk Presbyterian Church experienced a power surge in an electrical box inside the church just before 5 p.m. Suffolk Fire and Rescue responded to both incidents, Klink said, as well as to a home on Lookout Circle whose exterior cable box was smoking, having been possibly struck by lightning.

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Public Works crews responded to many of the downed trees, Klink said. Police officers helped remove some trees from the roadways. Dominion Virginia Power responded to numerous downed power lines.

Public Works crews also repaired several traffic signals on Route 460 that malfunctioned thanks to the storm. Police directed traffic while the signals were repaired.

Minor flooding at the Kimberly Bridge on North Main Street occurred during the period of heaviest rainfall, but the roadway did not have to be closed.

About 1,225 Dominion Virginia Power customers in Suffolk lost power during the storm. The number was down to only a few dozen by 8 p.m.

The farmers’ market also was canceled due to the storm.