A large oak tree in Bill Moran’s front yard on Wood’s Gap Road in Floyd came crashing down in Friday nights wind storm, taking another large tree with in.
“I was planning to take the tree down because of damage to it,” Moran said Saturday as he surveyed the damage, “but not like this.”
Moran wasn’t alone. A short distance up Woods Gap, another tree, twisted in half by the high winds, blocked the road. Virginia Department of Transportation officials surveyed the damaged and discussed ways to clearing the tree out and reopening the road.
Downed trees, fallen branches and damaged roofs littered the county Saturday morning following a quick, high-wind storm that dumped more damage than rain on Floyd County and left more than 5,000 homes and businesses without power — more than half the 9,000 plus locations for electricity in the county.
By late afternoon, the number of powerless locations dropped to 2,704 but Appalachian Power warned it could be days before power is restored to all of the county and the more than 200,000 homes and businesses still in the dark.