Friday, March 31, 2023

Fire crews clean up following tornado warning, thunderstorms and hail

Fire crews in the Historic Triangle responded to several downed trees Thursday. (Courtesy of James City County)
Fire crews in the Historic Triangle responded to several downed trees Thursday. (Courtesy of James City County)

Fire crews in the Historic Triangle are working to clean up debris after a storm caused trees and power lines to fall Thursday, according to fire officials.

James City County fire crews responded to reports of several downed trees Thursday afternoon, most of which fell after the storms cleared, James City County Batallion Chief Al Catlett said.

Power lines were affected in several areas, causing a power surge in Newtown and several other minor outages, Catlett said.

One tree fell on a house in Forest Glen, causing damage to the roof and kitchen area. The family is displaced, but will stay with friends, Catlett said.

A second tree fell on Monticello Avenue and was hit by a car. A third tree fell on News Road near the Firestone entrance to Ford’s Colony and broke a car windshield, he said.

There were no injuries from any of the incidents.

“It looks like the storm loosened them up and they fell after a pretty brisk wind this afternoon,” Catlett said.

Power lines fell in two places in York County, on Barlow Road and Back Creek Road, Fire Chief Steve Kopczynski said. There were no widespread power outages or injuries, he confirmed.

There was an additional tree down on Merrimac Trail in upper York County, Assistant Fire Chief Jeffery Payne said. He said he expects more trees to fall this evening, but nothing major.

“It’s not uncommon for us to have something like that occur during a storm,” Kopczynski said.

In Williamsburg, there were no reports of large power outages or damage from downed trees, Deputy Chief Larry Snyder said. One tree fell on Penniman Road, near Second Street, but was cleared quickly without issue, he said.

Despite some damage and debris, both Snyder and Catlett said Williamsburg and James City County “got lucky” the damage from the storm was not worse.

The National Weather Service had a tornado watch in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday and predicted several fast moving thunderstorms that passed through the region between 10 a.m. and midday.


Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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