Damaging winds hit the Roanoke Valley

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Diana and Art England were asleep when a tree came crashing down on their Roanoke County home.

"About one o'clock in the morning we woke to what sounded like a freight train coming through the house," Art England told WDBJ7. "Ran outside to see what happened."

"I went into the bathroom," Diana England added. "And the tree is in the bathroom, and it's in the closet."

The house was damaged, but the Englands feel fortunate the tree didn't fall on the befroom, or one of their vehicles.

It could have been worse in Roanoke as well, where the high winds blew out the Hardees sign on Hershberger road and blew the pieces into the neighborhood across the street.

And when the tall Exxon Sign at the corner of Hershberger and Ordway Drive began leaning precariously, first responders blocked the road near the gas station while a sign company crew made repairs.

Over in Salem, between 400 and 500 people lost power when a large tree fell on Hawthorn Road and damaged a key utility pole.

Salem hoped to have everyone back on line late Friday afternoon.