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About 710 Caroline County customers of Rappahannock Electric Cooperative are still without power this morning following a powerful storm that pummeled the region Thursday afternoon.
REC spokesman Brian Wolfe says the co-op expects to restore power to all members by the end of today.
In Caroline, the area north of Ladysmith was impacted most by the storm, said Wolfe.
High winds knocked down branches and pushed trees across power lines and roads throughout the area.
The most damage occurred along Paige Road and Jefferson Davis Highway north of Ladysmith, said Wolfe. Power lines on Route 2 north of Villeboro Road also were knocked down.
At the peak of the storm-caused outages, 4,110 Caroline customers were without power at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
The stormy winds knocked down trees that blocked roads on Jefferson Davis Highway in Doswell, along Main Street in Bowling Green, on Route 2 north of Bowling Green, U.S. 301 near the Peumansend Creek Regional Jail, and U.S. 17 around Rappahannock Academy, among others.
State highway crews, county utility workers, and fire-rescue personnel were quickly on the scene, however, and soon had most roads cleared.
Area residents are still cleaning up debris today.
Kay Brooks, director of the Caroline County Library, was driving north on Route 2 near Widewake Drive during the storm when a tree fell across the road and struck her Mustang convertible. “It fell across the road, and I got under it before it completely fell,” she said.
The tree came to a rest behind her car, blocking the entire road, but did considerable damage to the vehicle; her car was towed from the scene. Brooks was not hurt.
“I’m lucky it didn’t land on the top,” said Brooks. “I don’t know what kind of condition I’d be in.”
Maxie Rozell, REC’s manager of safety and security says, “With members relying on portable electric generators, please make sure it is not connected directly to household wiring. Power from generators can back feed along power lines and electrocute anyone coming in contact with them, including line workers making repairs. We also have downed power lines that are extremely dangerous. We encourage you to stay away from all downed lines. The strong winds also brought down lines which could potentially remain energized and should be considered extremely dangerous.”