Photos: Severe Storms Down Numerous Trees, Power Lines in Far West End


A severe storm pummeled the Far West End of Henrico County mid-afternoon on Monday, bringing with it straight-line winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, downing hundreds of trees and dozens of power lines across the area. The hardest hit areas included the Innsbrook Corporate Center and the Lauderdale Drive corridor, along with several other pockets of wind damage.

The storm, which was tornado-warned from Louisa County through the Varina area of eastern Henrico County as it moved southeast, blew in with a vengeance and left almost 30% of Richmond area residents without power at the height of the storm, around 150,000 Dominion Virginia Power customers.

In the Innsbrook Corporate Center, high winds tore metal roofing from an office building on Cox Road. On Pouncey Tract Road, a century-old oak tree was snapped in half and fell onto the classroom wing of Shady Grove United Methodist Church.

Officials with the National Weather Service say they don’t suspect tornadic activity, but will survey the damage today before making an official determination.

Photos from our readers can be seen below. Thanks to everyone who submitted their reports and pictures!

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