Roanoke County was hit hard by severe winds from the storm that blew through the region last night. It is now estimated that 25,000 homes are without power. There are several businesses now relying on generator power. Roanoke County is working with the City of Roanoke and the Red Cross to open a shelter for those without power who need to get out of the heat.
Reportedly, the Fort Lewis, Masons Cove and Hollins areas were hit the hardest, but Cave Spring, Clearbrook and Mount Pleasant areas also had numerous calls for service.
Additionally, Bent Mountain, Back Creek and Catawba areas had some minor issues. At one point, the department had nearly 200 calls pending for response. The calls were categorized by severity and answered in a timely manner.
The damage that has been reported to structures is minimal at this time. There have been two reports of trees falling onto structures. The roof of the Fort Lewis Fire & Rescue Station was also damaged by the severe winds.
Roanoke County’s Fire & Rescue Department, Police Department, and Emergency Communications Center have been working closely together throughout the night and will continue to work diligently to answer all calls for assistance. Citizens are asked to only call 9-1-1 if they are having or reporting an emergency.
Today’s temperatures are forecasted to be in the triple digits so officials are asking citizens to please check on your neighbors and plan a way to stay cool and safe throughout the day.
Submitted by Jennifer Conley Sexton, Roanoke County Fire & Rescue