High winds leave thousands without power

Another downed tree on Woods Gap Road
Debris from downed trees litter side of roads throughout the county.
Debris from downed trees litter side of roads throughout the county.

A strong thunderstorm driven by high winds roared through the county Thursday afternoon, toppling trees, leaving downtown Floyd and other parts of the county without power and roadways littered with branches and debris.

At point, more than a thousand county customers and some 69,000 of those who depend on Appalachian Power Company for power were in the dark and crews struggled to restore lines brought down by trees and heavy limbs.

In nearby Roanoke County, outages totaled 30,000.  APCO spokesman could not estimate when power might be restored and another storm was expect to hit later Wednesday night.

Wind speeds hit 70 miles per hour and up.

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