ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Cars were flipped over, buildings were damaged, and power lines were downed in a frenzied, rain and wind-filled day in Lynchburg.
Earlier in the day, reports came in about cars being flipped on Timberlake Road. There were no injuries reported.
According to a spokesperson for the City of Lynchburg, Old Forest Road, Link Road and Timeberlake Road received extensive damage. Officials warn residents to avoid these areas due to downed power lines and trees. There is no word on when these roads will be reopened.
Roads closed or partially blocked by downed trees, power lines or other debris are being reported throughout most of the dustrict. Significant damage is reported in Timberlake Road area of Campbell County and detours have been set up between Waterlick Rd & Greenview Dr.— VDOT Lynchburg (@VaDOTLynchburg) April 16, 2018
Please avoid travel tonight and give emergency response team members a chance to do their jobs as safely as possible. There will be time enough to assess the damage. Thank you.— VDOT Lynchburg (@VaDOTLynchburg) April 16, 2018
Power outages have also been a huge part of the day for the city of Lynchburg. As many as 18,774 customers have been without power at some point in the city. As of now, over 15,000 customers remain without power, according to Appalachian Power.
Severe weather has also forced the city to cancel school for Monday, April 16, according to Cindy Babb, Communications Coordinator.
Thousands of Appalachian Power customers are without power following severe weather that passed through many of our hometowns.
As of publication, 18,774 customers in Lynchburg were reported to be without power.
Bedford and Campbell Counties reported 914 and 2,041 customers without power, respectively.