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Bryce Williams and Reporter | July 7, 2012
In one Roanoke neighborhood where the power came on yesterday, residents say they've certainly had a light bulb moment. They're using the widespread power outages as a lesson and they're preparing for the next storm. Phillip and Sharon Robinson say they're cutting overgrown trees and clearing brush. Several trees fell in their backyard, but luckily their home was spared. They say they don't want to take any chances so they are preparing now! “Just in case another storm comes through-- Just a lot of things to keep us from having our house messed up,” said Phillip Robinson.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | July 4, 2012
Roanoke County Schools is opening the doors to one of its high schools, to help those in need while they wait for power to be restored. Roanoke County Schools is opening Glenvar High School's shower facilities to the public. They'll be open Thursday and Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Those wishing to use the showers are asked to bring their own towels and other toiletries they may need. "We wanted to make this resource available to residents who are still dealing with power outages and hot weather," said David Wymer, Roanoke County School Board member, in a press release.
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Seth Kovar and WDBJ7 Reporter | July 2, 2012
This weekend's storm may have a longer lasting effect than the power outages. You've no doubt seen downed limbs and even whole trees in neighborhoods. Imagine what it's like in the forest. All of that wood now on the ground could serve as kindling if there were a wildfire. "By next Fall when we have our fire season in Virginia you're going to have tons and tons of fuel now put on the ground because of storms like this," said Chris Thomsen of the Virginia Department of Forestry.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 23, 2012
Update 10:35am - Appalachian Power's website reports power has been restored to all customers in Lynchburg city. --------------- Update 10:10 am - According to Appalachian Power's website, most or all the outages in Bedford County have been fixed. ---------------- We're trying to track down information on a few power outages in the WDBJ7 viewing area. Right now, according to an online outage map from Appalachian Power, about 2,500 customers are without power in Lynchburg City.
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Nadia Singh and WDBJ7 Anchor/Reporter | June 13, 2013
Right now many in the area are dealing with damage caused by the storms. There's lots of minor storm damage around southwest and southeast Roanoke. In the Grandin area, a tree was uprooted and fell directly on to a house. Neighbors say an elderly woman lives here, but was not hurt. Although the rain has died down, you can see downed power lines and trees around the city, not to mention that thousands are without power as of 5:00 p.m. Police are asking people to avoid driving if possible and to stay indoors.  And do not call 911 for power outages.  AEP officials are working to get the power back on.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 6, 2012
Two Roanoke County fire trucks are damaged, and homes without power tonight after a firefighter training mishap. The County says earlier this evening, crews from the Cave Spring Fire Station were holding water operation training on Commonwealth Drive. When they extended a ladder from a truck, it hit a high-voltage power line, and caused some outages. No one was hurt.     Some folks in the area may have heard two loud "booms" from the blown transformers. The county says Appalachian Power crews are on scene working to restore power to affected customers.
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Susan Bahorich/Orlando Salinas/David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporters | January 30, 2013
Residents around the WDBJ7 viewing area are preparing for potential high winds Wednesday. If you live in the New River Valley, you will be the first in line to deal with this severe weather. Around noon Wednesday, it was misty in the New River Valley with calm winds. "I think it's unusual but not unprecedented. We've seen temperatures in the 60's and 70's before in January and then sharply drop back to more normal conditions,” Phil Hysell of the National Weather Service said.
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Tim Saunders | July 2, 2012
Power outages aren't the only concern. Many of you are still cleaning up debris. The damage is so bad in one Lynchburg neighborhood, people living there haven't been able to get in or out by car all weekend. The sound of chainsaws is a sign of relief for people living along Sedgewick Drive. Several large trees have been blocking the road since Friday. "It's been awful.  Couldn't get out for three days," said William Distelhurst.   City maintenence workers had to bring in heavy equipment to move the trees.
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July 1, 2012
Power is back on at Lynchburg General Hospital, after being knocked Friday. However, Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg is operating on an emergency generator. Officials hope to get power back at some point Monday. Surgeries are canceled at Virginia Baptist on Monday. There are several other closures in Lynchburg on Monday because of widespread power outages. Here is a news release from the City of Lynchurg: Residents should be aware of the following information regarding the storm emergency: TRASH COLLECTION •    Trash collection will follow the normal schedule beginning on Monday, July 1.  Trash will not be collected on Wednesday, July 4. Residents who normally receive trash collection on Wednesday will have trash collection on Friday.
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Holly Pietrzak and Weekend Anchor/Reporter | July 21, 2011
It's storms that are normally to blame for power outages, but it's the equipment that Appalachian Power employees are checking on frequently this time of year.     Appalachian Power customers are relying on their air conditions this time of year, but they really use the most electricity during the winter months.     In July and August, dispatchers have to carefully watch the usage or loads on the system.     When usage is up and the heat is on, equipment can overheat and fail.
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