Power outages and damage after a severe storm

Severe storm in Augusta County and Staunton led to thousands of outages and damage
Published: Jul. 6, 2022 at 4:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 3:29 PM EDT
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - Dominion Energy is reporting outages due to a severe storm that moved from Churchville, to Staunton, and then to Fishersville and Waynesboro. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued, the first being at 3:45 p.m. and that included the City of Staunton.

Right now the National Weather Service is still analyzing this extremely powerful severe storm. They are looking at winds potentially of 70-80mph and possibly even higher. We will have updates as we know more information.

Here’s a look at current outages:

Augusta: 231

Staunton: 1,565

Waynesboro: 12

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This was a severe thunderstorm with multiple downbursts, and possibly a microburst. This is all straight-line wind damage, not a tornado.

Here’s a look at rainfall totals for the area: Rainfall in the one severe storm in Augusta County and Staunton ranged from 0.50″ to 2.45″ of rain. This led to ponding water and some flooded streets.

Joseph Botkin has a home weather station and lives in Staunton. He recorded a gust at 37mph winds, over 1.30″ inches of rain. Botkin says tree tops are broken out and limbs everywhere. “My weather station at one time displayed a rainfall rate of 7.00 inches per hour.”

We do not have any weather stations that have picked up higher gusts. But with the damage, this was multiple wind gusts of at least 60mph.

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Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued. The first was issued at 3:45 p.m. and included the City of Staunton. The second was issued at 4:00 p.m. which also included Staunton and the third at 4:05 p.m. which included locations east to Waynesboro. Weather alerts are available for free on the WHSV weather app.

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