Strong gusts of wind bring hazardous conditions to the Lynchburg area

Published: Mar. 2, 2018 at 10:41 PM EST
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The Lynchburg area continues to experience high wind gusts. Throughout the city and surrounding counties power is out and the damage is easy to spot.

On West Princeton Circle, you can’t miss the damage.

“We’ve got some holes up there, the whole roof came all the way down,” said Verena Burt showing the damage to her house.

It was not the call Burt was hoping to get on Friday at work. A tree fell into her home knocking out power and creating substantial damage.

“My door is right there, the side. I don't even know what to do right now,” said Burt.

That's where Jarret Wilkes with Bartlett Tree Company comes in. For tree removal companies, it's time to get to work.

He’s seen it all today, “Tree on a gazebo, tree across the road, saw a tree fall an almost hit a car.”

In Amherst County, a tree did hit a car, well a tractor trailer. The vehicle was traveling on Elon Road when a tree fell down right in front of it. The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital. but the front windshield was shattered.

Amherst county responded to over 250 weather related calls Friday. That was not the only tractor trailer call. A large gust of wind flipped a truck over as it was traveling on Route 29 North. The driver was also transported to Lynchburg General with minor injuries.

“We take them one at a time. You never know what you're going to run into,” said Gary Roakes, Director of Public Safety for Amherst County.

Dean McGuinn felt the same way when he got off his school bus. He saw a giant tree blocking his road, not exactly the sight he thought he would encounter.

“The windows are shattered there are holes in the house,” said McGuinn pointing out the damage to the home. No one in the house was injured.

The street had lines down, the power was out and the street was closed, but McGuinn tried to make the best of it. He was skateboarding on the empty street.

Noah Karega was trying to do the same at an indoor play park with his little sister because their street has no electricity either. They live next door to Burt’s house.

The effects of one downed tree are far-reaching and for all parties involved, a similar sentiment: “Just let the wind stop.”