Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, issues this statement on the storm that blew through Southwest Virginia Friday night:
“My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by last night’s storms. There are numerous reports of storm damage across our region. Tens of thousands throughout Southwest Virginia remain without power today amid nearly 100-degree heat. Service crews say that power may not be fully restored until next week. There are threats of more storms on the way. I pray that everyone will remain safe today.”
“Our hearts go out to those in West Virginia and others in the Commonwealth of Virginia who have been affected. Fortunately, however, there have been no reports of fatalities or serious injuries in our region.
“I would like to caution everyone in today’s heat. Several localities have opened cooling shelters for those without power. Please be mindful of the effects of the heat, especially on children, the elderly and pets.
“I will do everything I can to assist local officials as our communities recover from the damage of these storms.”
• Giles Co. – Giles Co. Rescue Squad
• Montgomery Co. – Christiansburg Middle School
• Blacksburg – Blacksburg Community Center
• Radford – Radford Recreation Center
• Pulaski County – Pulaski Elementary, Snowville Elementary, Riverlawn Elementary
• Roanoke County – Roanoke Civic Center
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