Storm damage affects travel, businesses in Franklin County

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2:39 p.m.

Franklin County officials say they have seven reports of buildings being damaged; two of which are completely destroyed. The special operations team is currently surveying the area, official said.

Route 220 is now open and traffic can pass through. There are more than 500 people without power in Franklin County, however.

Emergency response crews are expecting another wave of storms between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. They only have reports of minor injuries, and a tree falling on a man’s car. No injuries were reported.


Severe storms caused property damage and travel delays in multiple areas of Franklin County on Friday.

Strong, gusty winds and a confirmed tornado touchdown near Smith Mountain Lake led to downed trees and damage to buildings. A home was destroyed in the storm near the intersection of U.S. 220 and Fishburn Mountain Road.

The Franklin County Humane Society posted on its facebook page that its building had been damaged.

"We are OK at the Humane Society," the post stated. "A possible tornado touched down at the local pound."

No injuries have been reported, according to Franklin County Sheriff's deputies.

Portions of U.S. 220 North were closed when a tree fell across the road, from 8.5 miles south of the junction of State Route 40 Business near Rocky Mount to 3.9 miles south of State Route 40 Business, according to VDOT.