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Hanover woman, grandchildren narrowly escape being crushed by tree


A Hanover woman says she and her grandchildren narrowly survived being crushed by a tree. It is just one of the many harrowing stories coming from Hanover County following the storm Thursday night.

"It was about 50 mile an hour winds," said gas station clerk Taylor Kirk. "Our trash cans went everywhere."

Police were out directing traffic and Kirk was having to turn customers away. The storm knocked out power to the Circle K gas station.

"Everybody came running inside," said Kirk. "People were having panic attacks. It was just really crazy."

A massive tree forced law enforcement to reroute traffic at Bell Creek Road and Pole Green. Bernard Tate was at home when a tree came crashing down on a truck parked outside the house. 

"You remember that commercial?" said Tate. "You don't fool with mother nature."

Martha Reams was also home when a tree came crashing down on her house.

"Two seconds," said Reams. "It would have taken us out. We wouldn't have survived that tree coming down on the van. It came right down where my grandkids were sitting.  We're blessed. I don't care about this house. I don't care about any of it. My grandkids are safe. We were on our way to church. I said, boy, the devil is doing his work today."

Reams had a difficult time reporting her power outage. Dominion tells us their customer service line is down.
The best way to report outages, for the time being, is on a smart phone at m.dom.com. More than 20,000 people were without power at the height of the storm.

Those numbers were down to just below 8,000 Thursday night. Most of the outages were in Hanover.

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