Late Friday night we experienced a Derecho.
Definition of a derecho
A derecho (pronounced similar to “deh-REY-cho” in English, or pronounced phonetically as ““) is a widespread, long-lived wind storm that is associated with a band of rapidly moving showers or thunderstorms. Although a derecho can produce destruction similar to that of tornadoes, the damage typically is directed in one direction along a relatively straight swath. As a result, the term “straight-line wind damage” sometimes is used to describe derecho damage. By definition, if the wind damage swath extends more than 240 miles (about 400 kilometers) and includes wind gusts of at least 58 mph (93 km/h) or greater along most of its length, then the event may be classified as a derecho. You can read more on the NOAA website here: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/misc/AbtDerechos/derechofacts.htm
The storm system caused major damage across the state. In Flordon we are still without power, and no signs of it being restored in the immediate future. On Dominion Power’s webpage they are showing 49,322 customers without power out of 182,636 in the Shenandoah Valley/Western Piedmont Area. You can see the status of Dominion’s Crew Work Locations here: https://www.dom.com/storm-center/crew-work-locations.jsp (Click Shenandoah Valley/Western Piedmont). According to Dominion this is the third worst outage in Dominion’s history, and the biggest non-hurricane outage.
To report an outage call (866)366-4357. When calling follow the menu on the automated answering system and follow the prompt to say “emergency” for reporting downed power lines. That gets you to an actual person. Once trees are removed and lines propped, then Dominion should be set to reconnect us. If you have not already called, please do so.