Botetourt EMS about power and storm damage information June 30, potential again this evening for more storms.
Botetourt EMS and Assistant County Administrator Spencer Suter said that potential for severe storms also exists this afternoon and evening.The storm threat has been confirmed by Roanoke Times weatherman Kevin Myatt on his Weather Journal blog that potential exists this afternoon and evening. Be advised that a dark sky, lightning and thunder may be accompanied by high winds like last night. The potential could be sufficient to seek shelter in a basement or interior room. Look for details on Botetourt View’s Facebook every few hours. Gas lines are piling up at local stations. Many have no power in not only Botetourt County, but surrounding localities. Thus no gas pumps in operation in those areas.
AEP has noted it may days before power is restored in some areas.
Though roadways are clear of most fallen trees, parts of Botetourt County look like a war zone. “The good thing about yesterday if there is such,” said Suter, “is the weak wood fell last night.” Winds estimated at 80 miles per hour tore through the area. Our attached photos are a record of the strength of the straight line winds that hit about 9:15 last evening.
Read about the events when the storm hit the Buchanan Carnival about 9:15 last night in our previous story.
Local water systems and lack of water pumps at wells may also have an effect on homeowners. Conserve where you can, but do try to remain fully hydrated.
Today’s Heat Index may be as high as 115 in Botetourt this afternoon with temperatures in the 102-104 range. Consider cooling down in a basement or going to either the Red Cross Shelter at Lord Botetourt or Fincastle Baptist Chucrh if the heat is causing a health situation. Be sure to carry food and medications along.
Check on elderly neighbors and keep a watch on pets and livestock.
** Botetourt Storm Damage Response **
SATURDAY, 10:45 am
Fincastle, VA – As a result of last night’s widespread storm damage and on-going power outtages, a shelter has been opened at Lord Botetourt High School (1435 Roanoke Road, Daleville). Residents requiring shelter are asked to bring basic sustenance supplies, including medications.
A schedule for power restoration is not known at this time.
Residents are asked to call 911 only in the event of emergencies.
Residents at home are asked to conserve water supplies.
Additionally, the Botetourt County Convenience Center at the Landfill (off Catawba Road) will be open until 5:00 PM today.
Woody storm debris from Botetourt residents will be accepted at no charge.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
–Botetourt County EMS