HENRY COUNTY, VA – High winds and heavy rain from severe storms moved across Martinsville and Henry County on Monday morning causing reports of damage, flooding, power outages and downed trees.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a number of tornado, flash flood, and severe storm alerts.
Tornado sirens were set off in the city at 5 a.m. due to the warning issued, but no touchdown was reported.
As of 7:30 a.m., Appalachian Power reported nearly 900 customers without power.
At around 5:10 a.m., a window at BTW21 was shattered by the storm.
“Unfortunately, our own BTW21 was a victim in this case. We appreciate our local law enforcement, first responders, and CodeRED system for alerts and for taking quick action to serve and protect our community,” co-founder Rodney Billings said.
Police and first responders dealt with a number of calls for wires and trees that came down on Meadow Lane in Collinsville and William F. Stone Highway in Horsepasture.
The Martinsville Public Works Department was called on the scene of a downed tree on Prospect Hill Drive at the intersection of Spruce Street.
Martinsville Electric Department worked just yards up the street to secure a slanted utility pole and restore power in the area.
Flooding was reported in Virginia Avenue in Bassett Forks, William F. Stone Highway near Fieldale, the Fieldale Park, Morningside Drive in Bassett, and Riverside Drive in Stanleytown.
The brunt of the storm cleared out by 8 a.m.
The rest of the day is breezy with sunshine.