Winchester, VA suffers major storm damage after powerful storm Friday

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Winchester, VA was hit by a severe storm Friday evening.  High winds and driving rains combined to knock out power throughout the area.  The storm started close to 10:00 PM with violent winds that literally shook our house.  It felt a lot like the tornado winds I experienced in Tulsa, OK.

The city of Winchester looked a lot like a war zone today.  The trees down in the city made it was difficult to navigate portions of the area.  The two local power companies have been working around the clock to restore power.  Shenandoah Valley Cooperative announced today that some areas of the Winchester / Frederick County area may not see electricity for two to three days.

Comcast and Verizon both lost feeds throughout the area.  My Comcast Internet and TV feed was restored at approximately 8:00 pm this evening, nearly 24 hours after the storm.  Many major retailers were forced to stay closed today due to the power outages. 

This was one for the local record books.  It moved through very quickly and left destruction in its wake, but the local folks are resilient.  Today, neighbors were out helping each other clear broken limbs and fallen trees from their properties.  People are sharing resources, and in no time you won't even know that anything happened.  

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Patricia Kennedy
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Mike, a five minute drive acros Rock Creek Park took a lot longer.  There was a lot of yellow police tape. 

Jun 30, 2012 07:00 PM #1
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Mike Cooper
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Pat, did you all get hit hard also?  I wasn't sure how far east it traveled.  

Jun 30, 2012 07:06 PM #2
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Cal Yoder
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Wow. Looks like quite a storm. Is your place ok? Should bring a lot of work your way for your contracting business. Sorry it has to come this way.

Cal

Jun 30, 2012 07:07 PM #3
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Laura Cerrano
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Not cool. Stay safe, Pat.

Jun 30, 2012 07:15 PM #4
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Mike Cooper
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We're well, Cal.  I expect to hear the phone ringing tomorrow for electrical service calls.  Much of the area still has no power.  So, once it's back we should see a pick up in business.

Thanks, Laura.  Sounds like it was about 80 miles wide.  

Jun 30, 2012 07:39 PM #5
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Will Hamm
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Wow Mike,  Are you and your family ok?  I hear it is 9 states that had bad weather.  Hope the chains saws are working .

Jun 30, 2012 08:15 PM #6
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Mike Cooper
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Thanks, Will, we're good.  I talked to a client from Tangier Island tonight.  They got it as bad or worse than we did.  Sounds like it covered quite an area.  

Jun 30, 2012 08:22 PM #7
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Andrea Bedard
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Hi Mike, glad to hear you are okay! It was unbelievable how fast the storm moved - it started about 11 pm in my area - and how violent it was. We had a few trees down in the neighborhood and my next door neighbors lost their gutter but considering all we were very, very lucky! 70 mph winds are no joke.

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Mike - glad you are fine. That's the power of nature demonstrated at God's will. A lot of power...

Jun 30, 2012 10:11 PM #9
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Glad you are fine!  We were watching for tornados last night but all is well.  My husband also grew up in Tulsa OK and he does not get as worked up about the thought of a tornado as I do.

Jul 01, 2012 05:18 AM #10
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You were, Andrea.  It was one of the most violent storms I've been through that wasn't a tornado.  Yeow!  Glad you guys made it through OK.

Definitely a lot of power in this, Jon.  Our area is a mess.

Thanks, Kathryn.  When I lived in Tulsa we had one real powerful tornado that cleared out 5 city blocks.  It was amazing.  I have lot of respect for tornados.  

Jul 01, 2012 06:48 AM #11
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Mike - I'm glad you made it through that okay. Mother Nature has been throwing some interesting stuff at us lately - unpredictable and destructive. Stay safe!

Jul 01, 2012 07:07 AM #12
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I would definitely take the high winds and rain over the fires.  You guys are getting beat around too.  We're thinking and praying about CO.

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