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Severe storms damage homes, cars in north Roanoke

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Plantation Rd. at Vista Ave.; Courtesy: Eric Cooper Plantation Rd. at Vista Ave.; Courtesy: Eric Cooper
Williamson Rd., near Crossroads Mall; Courtesy: Brandon Riesenbeck Williamson Rd., near Crossroads Mall; Courtesy: Brandon Riesenbeck
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By WSLS 10's Lindsey Ward

ROANOKE COUNTY, VA - The home belonging to Jay Michael's parents on Oleander Drive in northeast Roanoke County looked like a mess Tuesday evening.

Several tree limbs laid across it.  And as he pulled up, Michael saw house after house on the road with storm damage.  It marked the second scare of the day for his family.

"My father was in the hospital with a mini-stroke, and they came home and this is what they came home to.   They're going to stay with me," Michael said.

Michael's parents' home is one of four on the street with major storm and tree damage.  Two others have moderate damage, and two cars are sitting under tree limbs as well.

Several tree snapped from the winds during the severe storm, littering the ground with debris for nearly 100 yards.

Next door to Michael's parents' home, Devin Journiette and his family were inside their house when the storm blew over.  A tree crashed through their roof, luckily missing the family inside.

"You just think about if we were in another room, so much more could've happened," Journiette said.  "Like if you think about if my mom was laying down in her bedroom, something could have fell on her.  We could've had an ambulance come in here, instead of just we're all standing here getting our stuff out."

 

By WSLS 10's Erin Brookshier

ROANOKE, VA - Tuesday evening's severe storms knocked over two large trees onto an apartment building at the Bent Creek Apartment complex in northeast Roanoke.

One tree crashed through the building, and narrowly missed Benjamin Williams.  He says he had just left his room, when he heard the massive tree crash into it.

"I turned on TV, and the warning showed.  Then five minutes, later a huge gust of wind came rolling through.  Then I heard a huge crash on my side.  I knew it had to be the tree," Williams said.  "I didn't know how much.  I tried to open my door, but there was drywall in the way.  The whole roof caved in.  The structure's buckling, its pretty bad."

City inspectors will determine overnight whether or not to condemn the entire building.

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10:25 p.m.

Appalachian Power's website shows power outages from severe weather slowly being fixed.

  • Botetourt Co. - 1,500+
  • Pulaski Co. - 100+
  • Roanoke Co. - 1,300+
  • Roanoke City - 400+

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9:18 p.m.

Appalachian Power says the severe storms have knocked out power to more than 4,800 customers as of 9:15 p.m.

  • Botetourt Co. - 1,700+
  • Pulaski Co. - 100+
  • Roanoke Co. - 2,300+
  • Roanoke City - 700+

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9:11 p.m.

WSLS 10's Lindsey Ward says at least four home in the Oleander Drive area of north Roanoke County suffered severe storm & tree damage.

Two other homes suffered minor-to-moderate damage.

The storms damaged at least two cars as well.

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8:09 p.m.

WSLS viewer Eric Cooper sent in a picture of trees down on Plantation Road NE near its intersection with Vista Avenue.

WSLS 10's Erin Brookshier is also on her way to Bent Creek Apartments, where a tree has fallen into one of the apartment buildings.

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7:47 p.m.

Appalachian Power says the severe storms have knocked out power to more than 5,000 customers as of 7:45 p.m.

  • Botetourt Co. - 2,150+
  • Roanoke Co. - 2,540+
  • Roanoke City - 770+

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7:21 p.m.

Tuesday evening's severe storms caused widespread damage across north Roanoke County.

A WSLS crew found trees down on multiple homes in a neighborhood off of Plantation Road, in the Oleander Drive area near Hollins.

WSLS viewer Brandon Riesenbeck sent a picture of a tree down on Williamson Road, near Crossroads Mall.

We have crews working to get to additional areas where flash flooding and storm damage have been reported.

If you see storm damage, send a tip and picture to news@wsls.com