DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- FRIDAY UPDATE:
It has been confirmed that a strong storm late Thursday afternoon resulted in a microburst over northwest Danville.
Downed trees cause power outages in Danville.
It is estimated that 80-90 mph winds brought down a number of large trees and power lines.
The microburst impacted a three- to four-block area in northwestern Danville, including parts of Wills Street, Charlotte Avenue, Brook Circle, Shumate Street, and Shady Lane.
A microburst occurs when a burst of extremely heavy rain and associated strong, damaging straight-line winds fall over a concentrated area.
THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE: Power has been restored to the North Danville areas without power Thursday afternoon.
ORIGINAL: Around 5,600 people are in the dark in Danville after two substations lost power.
According to a Danville City spokesperson, the Bridge Street substation is down, leaving 4,000 without power. Crews are out working to repair that outage currently, but there is no estimated completion time.
The Westover substation is also without power. Officials said 4 broken poles and downed trees are the cause of that outage. This substation powers about 1,600 customers. Officials are calling the Westover outage an "extended outage" with no estimated time of restoration.
We are working to learn more about storm damage and power outages across the region. Stay with WDBJ7 on-air and online for updates.
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